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Out of the Blue

Public Interpretation of Maritime Cultural Resources

Out of the Blue by John H. Jameson
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Those charged with protection of resources falling within the public domain, including submerged sites, continuously strive to find the best management solutions. Given the advent of recreational diving in the last half century and advances in underwater survey and exploration technology, pressures have increased dramatically on submerged archaeological sites. Users of these p- lic resources fall into groups with various needs and agendas, including divers, fishermen, salvers, scientists, and the tourism industry (Kauru and Hoagland, 1994). To insure that all people are represented in the decision-making process, site managers have increasingly argued that public outreach and education is vitally important. “Without public appreciation of the importance of archa- logical sites and information,” states one early proponent, “there can be no effective protection of sites. ” Archaeologist Charles McGimsey (1972:6) c- tinues, “. . . the greater one’s knowledge of archaeology, regardless of formal training in the subject, the greater the responsibility to take the initiative to lead, to teach, and to persuade others to do likewise. ” Some also suggest that rather than rely solely on museum interpretive displays the public should be allowed to observe heritage resources in their original setting, which can strengthen the spirituality and meaningfulness of the experience (Carter and Horneman, 2001:67-68). Managers must be aware that from a purely archaeological perspective, public access is not a preferred option for those sites that still retain significant, undo- mented remains.
Springer US; April 2007
256 pages; ISBN 9780387478623
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Title: Out of the Blue
Author: John H. Jameson; Della A. Scott-Ireton
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