An Amnesty Assessed. Human Impact on Shipwreck Sites: the Australian Case.
Article first published online: 4 NOV 2008
© 2008 The Author. Journal Compilation © 2008 The Nautical Archaeology Society
International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Volume 38, Issue 1, pages 153–162, March 2009
How to Cite
Rodrigues, J. (2009), An Amnesty Assessed. Human Impact on Shipwreck Sites: the Australian Case. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 38: 153–162. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-9270.2008.00209.x
- Issue published online: 11 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 4 NOV 2008
- blanket protection;
- historic shipwrecks
In 1993 a nationwide amnesty was declared in Australia, calling for members of the public who were in possession of historic shipwreck relics to declare them to their respective State cultural heritage management agencies. The amnesty was instituted in response to an amendment in the Commonwealth Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976, which introduced ‘blanket protection’ for all shipwrecks and associated relics in Commonwealth waters which were at least 75 years old. This paper reports on a recent assessment of the process, consequences and implications of the amnesty, and discusses the significance of the results.
© 2008 The Author