Article ID: CBB001320476

Troubled Waters for Ancient Shipwrecks (2013)


Finding shipwrecks has never been easier, and a spectrum of archaeologists, explorers, salvage operators, and treasure hunters all are setting out to do so. Local divers scavenge wrecks for coins and ingots, while companies equipped with remote-sensing technology recover artifacts for sale to collectors and museums. Specialized antiquity dealers do a brisk trade in shipwreck artifacts such as coins and Chinese porcelain. For years, the law of the sea was essentially finders keepers, and salvors who located shipwrecks and brought up their cargo were entitled to a reward at the least. But in recent years, archaeologists have argued that this maritime right of salvage should not be applied to ancient, archaeologically valuable ships, as new techniques for excavating and analyzing underwater wrecks are yielding just a small part of the potential scientific bounty.


Description On the lack of regulation of shipwreck discovery, salvaging, and scavaging.

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Authors & Contributors
Romer, John
Romer, Elizabeth
Craddock, Paul T.
Ramage, Andrew
El-Haj, Nadia Abu
Kocabas, Ufuk
Bulletin of the History of Archaeology
Social Studies of Science
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Dynamis: Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
Berghahn Books
Checkmark Book
Harvard University Art Museums
University of Chicago Press
Ege Yayinlari
Insegna del Giglio
Excavations (archaeology)
Science and politics
Science and technology, relationships
Public policy
Kozlov, Pyotr Kuzmich
Carbonell, Eudald
Andersson, Johan Gunnar
Putnam, Frederick Ward
Nickerson, William Baker
Starr, Frederick
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century, early
Bronze age
United States
Middle and Near East
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Rossiiskaia Akademiia Nauk

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