Australian Maritime Archaeology

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    Australia is quintessentially a maritime nation where sea travel and transportation have been vitally important. Despite being an island, Australia hasd never completely felt isolated, and the indigenous peoples were never cut off from the rest of the world. This article presents four case studies in order to provide insights into the types and extent of maritime archaeological research that has been conducted over more than three decades in Australia. One of the great influences of Australian maritime archaeology over the years has been the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology. A drawback in Australian maritime archaeology is the lack of funding for academic research. Australia has developed legislation for the protection of the historic shipwreck component of its underwater cultural heritage.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages28
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199940493
    ISBN (Print)9780195375176
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2012


    • Academic research
    • Australasian institute for maritime archaeology
    • Australia archaeological research
    • Maritime nation
    • Sea travel
    • Underwater cultural heritage


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