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Understanding Public Perceptions Of Underwater Cultural Heritage

Author(s): Christopher Underwood

Year: 2014

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Today, in the UK at least, it is generally acknowledged by heritage and archaeological organisations that public attitudes toward the underwater cultural heritage have changed for the better. Can this assumption be supported by evidence and if so, what have been the main factors? Has the change been due to the impact of the public archaeology initiatives that for over 25 years have raised awareness, or have other drivers such as the media played their part in shaping today’s public attitudes? This paper will present the results of a research project that aims to answer these questions, which includes the analysis of two surveys. One sought the views of heritage professionals and archaeologists about public archaeology, with a second for avocational archaeologists and recreational divers that aimed at gaining an insight into their views on important issues such preservation in situ, protection and public access to underwater heritage sites.

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Understanding Public Perceptions Of Underwater Cultural Heritage. Christopher Underwood. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437283)

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