In Situ Preservation – Application of a Process-Based Approach to the Management of Underwater Cultural Heritage

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Title

In Situ Preservation – Application of a Process-Based Approach to the Management of Underwater Cultural Heritage

Subject

Session 7
Preservation and conservation of wet archaeological materials and site management

Description

Over the past few decades, the archaeological community has been moving away from the more traditional methods of excavation and recovery of underwater cultural heritage (UCH) towards a less intrusive management approach, essentially involving the preservation of sites in situ. Over the years, different remediation strategies have been utilised in order to protect these sites in situ and most of the techniques involve reburial of sites. Reburial may be an appropriate means of stabilising and decreasing the deterioration rate of a site, however, there needs to be a holistic approach to the study of the environment, before and after reburial to gain a full understanding of the changes that are occurring on the site and determine the effectiveness of the technique.

This paper outlines a process-based approach to the development of appropriate long-term management strategies for UCH sites.

Creator

Vicki Richards

Date

November 2011

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Citation

Vicki Richards, “In Situ Preservation – Application of a Process-Based Approach to the Management of Underwater Cultural Heritage,” The MUA Collection, accessed December 15, 2017, http://www.themua.org/collections/items/show/1205.

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