Underwater Cultural Heritage Law Study

Author(s): Ole Varmer; Brian Jordan; Lydia Barbash-Riley

Year: 2014


The Departments of Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have produced a study on Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) Law and a website containing the relevant statutes, legislative histories, cases and other related documents. The study summarizes the application of U.S. statutes that may directly and indirectly protect UCH, provides an analysis of the gaps in the law protecting UCH on the Outer Continental Shelf, and then makes recommendations for filling those gaps, including proposed legislation. The study uses the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage as the point of reference for protection of UCH in the gap analysis. It also discusses how the U.S. could fulfill the obligations under that Convention should the U.S. consider becoming a party.

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Underwater Cultural Heritage Law Study. Ole Varmer, Brian Jordan, Lydia Barbash-Riley. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437287)

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): SYM-72,06