Preserving Underwater Cultural Heritage in a Globalized World

  • Dorothy Cheng Otonabee College
Keywords: archeology, shipwrecks, unesco, Mediterranean


The circumstances surrounding the preservation of underwater archaeological sites are mired in complex international laws, private greed, and government bureaucracy. In an age where climate change and the continued looting of such sites threaten now more than ever the integrity and continued existence of such cultural heritage, stakeholders need to mobilize effectively to conserve, for the long term, these sites of history. This paper will seek to outline the ways in which governments are most responsible for this effort, the current steps they have taken, the challenges ahead, and possible solutions. Without intervention and strict enforcement of laws from governments, there can be no meaningful change in the preservation of such sites.