Maritime Archaeology

Have you wondered what maritime archaeology and underwater archaeology are all about?
Here are answers to some of the basic questions.

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Maritime archaeology, nautical archaeology, and underwater archaeology are all terms that describe the field of archaeology that focuses on underwater and shoreline sites.


Our Early Maritime Heritage

Maritime archaeological and historical studies are important because they provide a more balanced view of our past. Many nations take pride in their long association with the sea, including exploration, settlement, commerce and warfare. America certainly deserves inclusion among the world’s great maritime civilizations.


Archival research is an essential basic component of historical and archaeological research. It involves searching a wide range of written sources that provide information about our past. Those can include both published and unpublished documents; private papers and letters: memoirs; military and corporate records; newspapers and magazines; and all other written material that can contribute new facts and different perspectives to our collective human history.


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Noah MillerMaritime Archaeology