Between the Devil and the Deep

Meeting Challenges in the Public Interpretation of Maritime Cultural Heritage

  • Della A. Scott-Ireton

Part of the When the Land Meets the Sea book series (ACUA, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Challenges in Public Access and Engagement

  3. Interpreting Challenging Sites

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 207-214

About this book


In creating interpretive strategies for maritime sites, archaeologists and resource managers often are required to think creatively to overcome challenges and problems. These issues include interpreting sites in inaccessible locations and extremely deep water, enabling and controlling access to fragile sites and restricted areas, monitoring visitor behavior, making information interesting to a wide audience, and creating opportunities for public engagement, among other concerns. Meeting Challenges presents cutting-edge interpretation and public education strategies for maritime resources, both on land and underwater, with emphasis on solving the unique problems often associated with presenting these fragile, limited-access sites as heritage attractions and on developing effective visitation and civic engagement opportunities. The examples presented ideally can serve as models for resource managers, archaeologists engaged in interpretation, and site administrators. This volume brings together a diverse group of heritage professionals to discuss issues they’ve encountered and to present ideas and case studies for adapting, improvising, and overcoming them.


designing underwater exhibits development of shipwreck parks encouraging responsible recreation management of underwater cultural resources maritime heritage tourism maritime museum exhibits

Editors and affiliations

  • Della A. Scott-Ireton
    • 1
  1. 1.Florida Public Archaeology NetworkPensacolaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-8177-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-8178-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1869-6783
  • Series Online ISSN 1869-6791
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