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The Normans Bay Wreck Diver Trail

Author(s): Mark I Beattie-Edwards

Year: 2013

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In 2012 in the United Kingdom there were 61 wreck sites protected under the Protection of Wrecks Act (1973). These wrecks are identified as being the most important historical and archaeological wrecks in UK territorial waters.  Since 2005 the NAS has worked to not only facilitate access to these heritage assets but to also contribute to the research aims of the volunteer custodians. This paper will highlight the opportunity that a diver trail on the Norman’s Bay wreck launched in 2011, offers to the UK heritage sector in facilitating the engagement of the recreational diver. The paper will argue that whilst the Protection of Wrecks Act (1973) remains the principle legislation used to protect and manage historic material on the seabed, licensed public access must remain a cornerstone of any associated heritage management strategy.

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The Normans Bay Wreck Diver Trail. Mark I Beattie-Edwards. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428589)


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Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
Post Medieval

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 430

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