Caribbean Maritime Archaeology

Margaret Leshikar-Denton

in The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195375176
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Caribbean Maritime Archaeology

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Maritime environments, such as oceans, seas, bays, lakes, rivers, marshes, and cenotes, and the landscapes bordering them, hold maritime archaeological sites. This article describes archaeological sites in the Caribbean. It gives information on regional and international developments in the Caribbean region, in which all the countries share the same maritime heritage. This maritime heritage is described by different case studies presented here. Furthermore, this article provides an insight into the future of maritime archaeology in this region. It calls attention to the need of identifying key persons, training them, and placing them in authorities of management and research. Archaeological excavations must be undertaken selectively and in such a way that scientific objectives, adequate funding, professional staff, and provisions for documentation, conservation, curation, reporting, and public interpretation are well looked into.

Keywords: maritime environment; maritime archaeological sites; maritime heritage; archaeological excavations; Caribbean region; curation

Article.  12467 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Historical Archaeology

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