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From Discovery to Public Consumption: The Process of Mapping and Evaluating Underwater Cultural Heritage in Malta

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Department of Classics and Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Malta, MSD 2080 Msida, Malta
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Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit, Ex-Naval Bakery, Vittoriosa Waterfront, BRG 1721 Vittoriosa, Malta
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Academic Editors: Fabio Bruno, Barbara Davidde, Pari Kalamara, Angelos Manglis, Dimitris Kourkoumelis and Michela Ricca
Heritage 2021, 4(4), 2732-2745; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage4040154
Received: 30 August 2021 / Revised: 20 September 2021 / Accepted: 20 September 2021 / Published: 28 September 2021
The in situ promotion and preservation of underwater cultural heritage sites is one of the main ideas of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. Currently, most shipwrecks are found in water shallower than the 50 m contour. The continued technological advances and increases in technical diving and deep-water exploration point towards a shift in this statistic, which is set to increase exponentially in the not-too-distant future. Thus, it is imperative to look at ways in which such directives can be implemented. This paper will highlight the synergy between existing remote sensing technologies and the management of underwater cultural heritage with examples of on-going research projects, such as Malta’s approach to surveying and implementing a scoring system for historic wreck sites based on local and global considerations of historic and natural conditions of site elements. Such an approach allows for the scaling of sites based on a number of parameters and provides instructive information for the creation of management strategies. The intention here is to demonstrate how large-scale remote sensing surveys can make major contributions to site management, which, in turn, facilitates the decision-making process in terms of how and what information is transmitted to divers and members of the public. View Full-Text
Keywords: underwater cultural heritage; underwater cultural heritage management; remote sensing; side scan sonar; public outreach underwater cultural heritage; underwater cultural heritage management; remote sensing; side scan sonar; public outreach
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Gambin, T.; Bravo-Morata Rodríguez, A.; Sausmekat, M. From Discovery to Public Consumption: The Process of Mapping and Evaluating Underwater Cultural Heritage in Malta. Heritage 2021, 4, 2732-2745. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage4040154

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Gambin T, Bravo-Morata Rodríguez A, Sausmekat M. From Discovery to Public Consumption: The Process of Mapping and Evaluating Underwater Cultural Heritage in Malta. Heritage. 2021; 4(4):2732-2745. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage4040154

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Gambin, Timmy, Alberto Bravo-Morata Rodríguez, and Maja Sausmekat. 2021. "From Discovery to Public Consumption: The Process of Mapping and Evaluating Underwater Cultural Heritage in Malta" Heritage 4, no. 4: 2732-2745. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage4040154

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