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Diverse Threats to MAST And Its Heritage in Africa : Confronting Historical Amnesia And Salvors; Securing Slim Resources And Social Relevance

Author(s): Jonathan Sharfman

Year: 2016

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In much of the developing world a triumvirate of treasure hunting, politics, and a lack of technical capacity/resources have skewed portrayals of what maritime history is and why it is meaningful. Shipwreck sites in particular have been promoted as the embodiment of the heritage of "the other" with little local relevance. Treasure hunters accordingly go unchecked in their efforts to recover valuable historical cargos—with detrimental effects for the archaeological inventory. This paper will discuss how the maritime archaeology of the slave trade holds potential for compelling researchers, policy-makers, and broader publics to reappraise the local, regional and global impact and relevance of maritime heritage. It argues that maritime archeologists must frontally confront the threats that endanger maritime heritage sites through new approaches to investigation, management, and stakeholder engagement in order to render underwater cultural heritage relevant, meaningful, and secure in developing world contexts.


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Diverse Threats to MAST And Its Heritage in Africa : Confronting Historical Amnesia And Salvors; Securing Slim Resources And Social Relevance. Jonathan Sharfman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435002)


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min long: 16.49; min lat: -46.97 ; max long: 37.82; max lat: -22.192 ;

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PaperId(s): 772

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