Marine Archaeology: A Handbook [Paperback]

Virginia E. Dellino-Musgrave(Author)

ISBN: 9781902771915 | Published by: Council for British Archaeology | Series: CBA Practical Handbook | Volume: 20 | Year of Publication: 2013 | Language: English 110p, 24 color figures
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Marine Archaeology


Marine Archaeology: A Handbook aims to give easy access to a range of information about the marine historic environment. It provides a useful guide for all those involved in the marine environment, from local authorities to recreational divers and interested amateurs. In recent years there has been increased awareness of both the potential and the fragility of the marine and maritime zones. Working in these zones presents a range of challenges, from the practical to the legal, which this Handbook attempts to explain.
The book begins by defining what the marine environment is, and provides a brief history of maritime archaeology. It also considers the challenging question of the differences between marine archaeology and commercial salvage. Further chapters explain the organisation of marine archaeology in the UK and the planning of marine archaeological projects, with essential information on areas of responsibility and sources of information. A summary of the complex legal framework for the management of the marine zone around the UK is followed by discussion of European and UNESCO conventions on marine heritage. A glossary and extensive bibliography make this book essential reading for all amateurs and professionals with an interest in our marine historic environment.

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""For those not familiar with the UK’s marine estate, this provides a useful summary of marine zones, notions of ownership of the territorial seabed and traditional rights."

"The brevity and clarity of presentation and the use of recent project examples is commendable and this book should form a useful primer for students, vocational archaeologists, and the increasing number of professionals involved in marine spatial planning, particularly where the historic environment needs consideration alongside potentially competing demands."

"... one of the handbook’s chief strengths is the concise review of existing legislation and associated policy."

" It is to the author’s credit, and a reflection of this handbook’s usefulness, that future updated editions should be considered by the publishers."
Nigel Nayling
Archaeological Journal ()

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