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ISBN-10: 1405175915

ISBN-13: 9781405175913

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ISBN-13: 9781405175920

Underwater Archaeology: The NAS consultant to ideas and perform presents a finished precis of the archaeological procedure as utilized in an underwater context.

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  • Provides a realistic consultant to underwater archaeology: find out how to get entangled, uncomplicated ideas, crucial concepts, undertaking making plans and execution, publishing and offering
  • Fully illustrated with over a hundred drawings and new color photographs
  • New chapters on geophysics, ancient examine, images and video, tracking and upkeep and conservation

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The glossy sales catalogues and publicity surrounding the sale of artefacts distorts the notion that the past is valuable. It is valuable, not as cash, but as a source of knowledge about ‘what went before’, an understanding of which is fundamental to all human cultures. The NAS has drawn up a Statement of Principles (see the NAS website) that it would wish its members and others to adhere to in an effort to help vulnerable underwater heritage receive the care it deserves. Many other concerned organizations, both independent and intergovernmental, have published documents with similar aims and aspirations.

Whichever strategy for the conservation and management of the remains of the past is applied, one thing is vital – forewarning of potential problems. Sea-bed users, legislators and archaeologists need to know what significant remains exist/are known of in any one area before commercial development, or any other potentially destructive process, begins. One of the areas of expansion within archaeology over recent years has been the compilation of inventories of sites by both regional and national governments.

Local museums are often grateful for volunteer help and this can provide the opportunity of working with archaeological material that is not usually on public display. Some people will be lucky enough to have a specialist maritime museum locally. qxd 5/7/08 6:42 PM Page 12 12 G E T T I N G I N V O LV E D IN U N D E R WAT E R individuals to gain experience in many aspects of the archaeological process. For those intending to pursue a career in archaeology, volunteering is an excellent way to gain valuable experience that will enhance employment prospects.

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