Marine Archaeology: A Handbook aims to give easy access to a range of information about the marine historic environment. It provides a useful guide for all those involved in the marine environment, from local authorities to recreational divers and interested amateurs. In recent years there has been increased awareness of both the potential and the fragility of the marine and maritime zones. Working in these zones presents a range of challenges, from the practical to the legal, which this Handbook attempts to explain. The book begins by defining what the marine environment is, and provides a brief history of maritime archaeology. It also considers the challenging question of the differences between marine archaeology and commercial salvage. Further chapters explain the organisation of marine archaeology in the UK and the planning of marine archaeological projects, with essential information on areas of responsibility and sources of information. A summary of the complex legal framework for the management of the marine zone around the UK is followed by discussion of European and UNESCO conventions on marine heritage. A glossary and extensive bibliography make this book essential reading for all amateurs and professionals with an interest in our marine historic environment.
Virginia Dellino-Musgrave is a Senior Maritime Archaeologist currently working for the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology (HWTMA). She is actively involved in addressing historic environment strategic issues as well as those related to cultural resource management. In the last few years, as a Council member of the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA) and Chair of the IfA Maritime Affairs Group (MAG), Vir has been promoting standards and best practice in the archaeological and wider community. Since her involvement in archaeology in 1991, she has supervised and coordinated a wide variety of land and maritime fieldwork activities in national and international contexts. Virginia's publications reflect her wide range of experience exemplified by the book Maritime Archaeology and Social Relations. British Action in the Southern Hemisphere (Springer Press, New York/London) and a variety of journal papers.