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The Innovative and State of the Art Public Access Management of Malta’s Underwater Cultural Heritage

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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), 3365-3381; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage4040187
Received: 26 August 2021 / Revised: 30 September 2021 / Accepted: 9 October 2021 / Published: 13 October 2021
The obligation to preserve underwater cultural heritage is a core principle of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. A key element of this obligation is a balance of scientific research, protection, and the promotion of responsible access to underwater cultural heritage sites. Such a balance requires the setting up of a network of communication between the tourism and heritage sectors on the one hand and the maritime and diving communities on the other hand. A variety of approaches have been developed to promote responsible access to underwater cultural heritage sites, and since the vast majority of the public does not dive, this also includes the development of virtual access. In Malta, maritime archaeology can be traced to humble and sporadic beginnings in the 1950s. The following decades brought a growing interest in diving activities and a rising number of diving schools and clubs. Whilst Malta has today established itself as a diving tourism destination, responsible access to underwater cultural heritage sites was not always entrenched in dive operations or institutionally recognized. The protection and management of underwater cultural heritage has recently been firmly established within Heritage Malta, the national agency for museums, conservations, and cultural heritage. This paper is intended to outline the trajectory of Malta’s underwater cultural heritage management and to present the innovative and state of the art public access system that is managed by the Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit within Heritage Malta. View Full-Text
Keywords: underwater cultural heritage; heritage management; public access underwater cultural heritage; heritage management; public access
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Gambin, T.; Sausmekat, M.; Kovacevic, D. The Innovative and State of the Art Public Access Management of Malta’s Underwater Cultural Heritage. Heritage 2021, 4, 3365-3381. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage4040187

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Gambin T, Sausmekat M, Kovacevic D. The Innovative and State of the Art Public Access Management of Malta’s Underwater Cultural Heritage. Heritage. 2021; 4(4):3365-3381. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage4040187

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Gambin, Timmy, Maja Sausmekat, and Darko Kovacevic. 2021. "The Innovative and State of the Art Public Access Management of Malta’s Underwater Cultural Heritage" Heritage 4, no. 4: 3365-3381. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage4040187

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