Culture and heritage

Maritime heritage

Science and methods of archaeology

Archaeologists use skills of:

  • historians
  • biologists
  • materials conservators
  • photographers
  • surveyors
  • geologists
  • technicians and others

These skills are used to interpret meaning from cultural remains.

Archaeology can be used to investigate:

  • shipwrecks whether they are below water or on dry land
  • all study of underwater archaeological remains including
    • sites of Aboriginal cultural deposits (eg, canoes, shell middens, fish traps)
    • historical cultural deposits including the remains of wharves or other underwater structures

Consider what other types of shoreline or other activities could leave cultural remains on the sea floor or river bed or lake bed.

Need more information?

    • Muckelroy, K - Archaeology Underwater, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1980
    • Henderson, G - Maritime Archaeology in Australia, University of Western Australia Press, 1986
    • Green, J - Maritime Archaeology : a technical handbook, Published by Academic Press, London 1990
    • The Bulletin of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology: For indexes to this publication, visit the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology website
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