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A British (?) Shipwreck Site in the Natuna Islands of Indonesia: The Presence and The Need to Preserve

Author(s): Nia NH Ridwan

Year: 2013

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This paper highlights a possible British shipwreck in the Natuna Islands of Indonesia, found by the Ministry of Marine Affairs in 2011; the site has been looted by local people due to poverty and lack of awareness of the site's heritage value. The shipwreck has produced ceramics, bottle glass, and metal artifacts. The factors threatening the site include human activity, physical threats caused by movement or changes in water circulation, and chemical threats (i.e. corrosion). The site offers important evidence for shipping, trading, and related activities between Britain and what is now Indonesia in the 19th century. The site can be a valuable site for further research and education and it has economic value as a marine tourism destination that can benefit the local community. Recently we have tried to establish a Maritime Conservation Area that integrates the shipwreck, the site, the environmental ecosystems, and the local community.

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A British (?) Shipwreck Site in the Natuna Islands of Indonesia: The Presence and The Need to Preserve. Nia NH Ridwan. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428491)


Temporal Keywords
1825 - 1900s

Spatial Coverage

min long: 95.234; min lat: -10.93 ; max long: 141.007; max lat: 5.627 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 424

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America