Towards the integrated management of Scotland's cultural heritage: Examining historic shipwrecks as marine environmental resources

Authors
Citation
I. Oxley, Towards the integrated management of Scotland's cultural heritage: Examining historic shipwrecks as marine environmental resources, WORLD ARCHA, 32(3), 2001, pp. 413-426
Citations number
30
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Archeology
Journal title
WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY
ISSN journal
0043-8243 → ACNP
Volume
32
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
413 - 426
Database
ISI
SICI code
0043-8243(200102)32:3<413:TTIMOS>2.0.ZU;2-1
Abstract
Shipwrecks are a neglected area of archaeological resource management, rese arch and investigation. They are increasingly being considered as important marine resources despite being non-renewable. However, they are increasing ly subject to impacts given the rate of global marine and coastal developme nt. Paradoxically, this growth increases the rate of discovery of previousl y unknown wreck sites, exposing them to potential risk but also offering mo re opportunities for the implementation of appropriate management structure which are sensitive to archaeological preservation but at the same time pr omote awareness, access and involvement. In this paper current approaches t o the management of Scotland's shipwreck heritage are examined in the conte xt of overseas initiatives. Case-studies for further research at national ( National Monuments Record of Scotland), regional (scuttled German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow) and local (Burntisland Designated Historic Wreck Site ) level are summarized, and future shipwreck heritage management strategies are discussed.