Maritime Archaeology

A Reader of Substantive and Theoretical Contributions

  • Lawrence E. Babits
  • Hans Van Tilburg

Part of the The Springer Series in Underwater Archaeology book series (SSUA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Lawrence E. Babits, Hans Van Tilburg
      Pages 1-3
  3. The Field

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Underwater Archaeology

    3. The Secular Debate

      1. Christopher F. Amer, Carl Steen
        Pages 65-69
    4. Ethics and the Great Debate

      1. Peter Throckmorton
        Pages 75-83
      2. Wilburn A. Cockrell
        Pages 85-96
      3. R. Duncan Mathewson III
        Pages 97-104
      4. William S. Dudley
        Pages 105-109
  4. Areal Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. The Mediterranean: Bibliography

      1. Lawrence E. Babits, Hans Van Tilburg
        Pages 115-116
    3. Northern Europe: Bibliography

      1. Lawrence E. Babits, Hans Van Tilburg
        Pages 117-117
    4. The Caribbean: Bibliography

      1. Lawrence E. Babits, Hans Van Tilburg
        Pages 119-119
    5. The Pacific Rim

      1. Wilfredo P. Ronquillo
        Pages 127-133

About this book


This volume initiates a new series of books on maritime or underwater archaeology, and as the editor of the series I welcome its appearance with great excitement. It is appropriate that the first book of the series is a collection of articles intended for gradu­ ate or undergraduate courses in underwater archaeology, since the growth in academic opportunities for students is an important sign of the vitality of this subdiscipline. The layman will enjoy the book as well. Academic and public interest in shipwrecks and other submerged archaeological sites is indicated by a number of factors. Every year there are 80 to 90 research papers presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology's Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, and the Proceedings are published. Public interest is shown by extensive press coverage of shipwreck investigations. One of the most important advances in recent years has been the passage of the Abandoned Shipwreck Act of 1987, for the first time providing national-level law con­ cerning underwater archeological sites. The legislation has withstood a number of legal challenges by commercial treasure salvors, a very hopeful sign for the long-term pres­ ervation of this nonrenewable type of cultural resource. The underwater archaeological discoveries of 1995 were particularly noteworthy. The Texas Historical Commission discovered the Belle, one of La Salle's ships, and the CSS Hunley was found by a joint project of South Carolina and a private nonprofit organization called NUMA.


Underwater Archaeology archaeology excavation maritime archaeology underwater resources

Editors and affiliations

  • Lawrence E. Babits
    • 1
  • Hans Van Tilburg
    • 2
  1. 1.East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA
  2. 2.University of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-45331-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0084-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-7758
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