Underwater Archaeology

Underwater archaeology deals with the study of submerged sites and objects

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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Overview
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News Archive
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Online Lecture Library
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Virtual Archaeology
Archaeological sites and museums you can visit online
Archaeological Projects in Southeast Asia
A list of past and present archaeological project websites
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Scholarly research and a list of Southeast Asian archaeology journals
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Field work equipment and digital tool recommendations, with many available for free.
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Overview

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.

Recommended Books

These are books relevant to underwater archaeology, and underwater cultural heritage in Southeast Asia in particular. Some of these links are affiliate links and I may receive a commission if you click on them and make a purchase. For other sources of reliable academic information, you should also check out the books page for latest releases and the occassional free book, as well as the journals page for the latest scientific research.

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Underwater Archaeology News Archive

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