Preserving U.S. Navy submerged cultural resources: Implementing regulations for the Sunken Military Craft Act
Author(s): Alexis Catsambis
The Sunken Military Craft Act of 2004 (SMCA) ensured that the United States government maintains title to its sunken military craft and associated contents regardless of time of loss, irrespective of location. The Department of the Navy, operating through the Naval History & Heritage Command, is presently in the final stages of establishing federal regulations implementing the SMCA and setting forth the parameters for a permitting program to enable activities that disturb U.S. Navy sunken military for archaeological, historical, or educational purposes. This paper will present an overview of the SMCA, the proposed regulations, and the effects of the new legislation on the preservation of submerged cultural resources in the form of both foreign and domestic sunken military vessels in U.S waters and abroad.
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
- Law and Order: Protecting, Studying and Sharing Underwater Cultural Heritage •
- Society for Historical Archaeology 2014
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Preserving U.S. Navy submerged cultural resources: Implementing regulations for the Sunken Military Craft Act. Alexis Catsambis. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437285)