, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 1-8
Date: 06 May 2006

Editorial article

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Academic disciplines, professions, trades, crafts and other such entities, are all in some sense repositories of established norms and ‘tradition’, yet they change just as surely as the societies in which they are practised. For an academic discipline, where the raison d’être is very much embodied in its research and manifested by its publications, any changes in scope, theory, practice, professional structure and ethics will be reflected in its output. So the appearance of the Journal of Maritime Archaeology manifests change, not just within the maritime field itself but right across the wider discipline of archaeology and beyond. The ‘beyond’ includes other disciplines whose concerns bear on the same source material, and for that matter, other institutions, whether of government, education, industry or the media.

After what has seemed at times a frustratingly slow development, maritime archaeology is at last becoming more fully integrated into professional, educational and management

Personal communications Staniforth, M. Associate Professor, Flinders University. Tomalin, D. Former Archaeological Officer, Isle of Wight.