The Growth of Maritime Archaeology in Mexico: A Case Study

Pilar Luna Erreguerena

in The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Growth of Maritime Archaeology in Mexico: A Case Study

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Mexico's underwater cultural heritage represents a vast and splendid universe varying from prehistoric to modern remains. But one of its main cultural riches is contained in its coastal and open-sea waters, where hundreds of ships have wrecked since the sixteenth century. Most of the underwater archaeological work undertaken since the 1980s has been in marine waters, especially the Gulf of Mexico. This article explains the discourse of maritime archaeology in Mexico through various phases such as the pre Colombian navigation, the European navigation, and stages of underwater recovery and underwater archaeology in the Mexican waters. In Mexico, the effective management of submerged heritage sites has proved difficult. Although it has no specific laws, Mexico has gained a better awareness regarding the importance of preserving its submerged cultural heritage and has signed and ratified diverse international treaties and the future looks promising.

Keywords: underwater cultural heritage; underwater archaeology; maritime archaeology; submerged heritage sites; submerged cultural heritage; underwater recovery

Article.  8178 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Industrial Archaeology

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