To cite this page: Tan, Noel Hidalgo (2021, Updated 1 October 2022) Underwater Archaeology. Southeast Asian Archaeology. Available at: https://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/underwater-archaeology/
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The seas and waterways play an important role in connecting the regions of ancient Southeast Asia, and as a result there is a lot of underwater cultural heritage that can tell us about the past. Underwater archaeologists typically study shipwrecks and their cargo in open waters, artefacts can be found in rivers and lakes as well. The practice of underwater archaeology requires specialised technical knowledge on top on general archaeological skills, and it can be very expensive to conduct underwater archaeological operations. As a result, there are not many countries capable of conducting underwater archaeology operations. At the same time, shipwrecks can be a lucrative source of antiques or even scrap metal, and the looting of such is a major problem in the region.
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Underwater Archaeology News Archive
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