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Underwater Archaeology in Cuba: a Critical Review

Author(s): John de Bry

Year: 2017

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This paper endeavors to take a critical look at underwater archaeology research in Cuban coastal areas, mostly after 1959.  Stress is made on the early research and the organizations which participated and the foreign companies which made an effort in underwater archaeological excavation on the Cuban shelf.  However, this paper underlines the controversial role played by Carisub, a company in charge of underwater archaeological research until 2004, and its role in granting permits for commercial exploitation of historic shipwrecks. Archaeological research in Cuba and a synthesis of some of the major shipwrecks as well as new goals and direction since 2004 are covered in this paper.

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Underwater Archaeology in Cuba: a Critical Review. John de Bry. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435419)


Temporal Keywords
1959 to Present

Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 345

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