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Values in Maritime Archaeological Heritage: A Socio-Economic Study in Understanding the Public's Perceptions and Willingness to Pay for Preserving Shipwrecks in the Graveyard of Atlantic, North Carolina

Author(s): Calvin Mires

Year: 2015

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Off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks are the remains of ships spanning hundreds of years of history, architecture, technology, industry, and maritime culture.  Potentially more than 2,000 ships have been lost in "The Graveyard of the Atlantic" due to a combination of natural and human factors.  These shipwrecks are tangible artifacts to the past and constitute important archaeological resources.  They also serve as dramatic links to North Carolina’s historic maritime heritage, helping to establish a sense of identity and place within American history.  This paper presents results from an exploratory study that combined qualitative and quantitative methodologies from the fields of archaeology, economics, and sociology, by engaging different populations in a series of interviews and surveys.  The study was designed to understand and evaluate North Carolina's residents' perceptions and willingness to pay for preservation of shipwrecks in the Graveyard of the Atlantic.


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Values in Maritime Archaeological Heritage: A Socio-Economic Study in Understanding the Public's Perceptions and Willingness to Pay for Preserving Shipwrecks in the Graveyard of Atlantic, North Carolina. Calvin Mires. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433994)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 294

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