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Preserving U.S. Navy submerged cultural resources: Implementing regulations for the Sunken Military Craft Act

Author(s): Alexis Catsambis

Year: 2014

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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.


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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)


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PaperId(s): SYM-72,04

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