Having Our Cake…..and Sharing It - Access to Historic Shipwrecks in Malta

Author(s): Timmy Gambin

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Current Research in Maritime Archaeology" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

One of the main principles of UNESCO’s Convention on Underwater Cultural Heritage contains the statement that the "convention encourages scientific research and public access." This is an idealistic philosophy fraught with impracticalities and other pitfalls. The fact that the vast majority of humans do not dive has pushed some scientists to develop virtual access to sites. In other contexts, the relationship between scientific and diving communities can vary from collaborative to openly hostile. In this paper I will present an initiative being implemented in Malta (by Heritage Malta) that will permit managed access to some spectacular historic shipwrecks.

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Having Our Cake…..and Sharing It - Access to Historic Shipwrecks in Malta. Timmy Gambin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449153)

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21st Century

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min long: 14.337; min lat: 35.801 ; max long: 14.57; max lat: 35.992 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 464