The Underwater Cultural Heritage

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Evidence of mankind's past is found in submerged sites throughout the world. Maritime Archaeology, a sister discipline to land archaeology, is the scientific investigation of such underwater sites. The majority of underwater sites are shipwrecks and the Maritime Archaeologist has a special expertise in ships and allied matters. Submerged sites may, however, be prehistoric settlements, sunken land sites, or, crashed aeroplanes! In Australia the time-scale in which Maritime Archaeology is involved is very broad: The routes taken by the first Aboriginal migrations from Asia to Australia during the Ice Ages, more than 40,000 years ago, are now up to 100 metres below sea level.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationScuba Diver
PublisherUnderwater360, Asian Geographic Magazines
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1983
Externally publishedYes


  • Shipwrecks
  • Victoria -- History -- 19th century
  • Maritime archaeology
  • Australia -- History
  • Maritime heritage
  • Underwater cultural heritage


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