The waters of Latin America and the Caribbean are rich with archaeological sites, including coastal settlements, defensive forts, freshwater sources, fishing-related activities, navigational aids, anchorages, harbours, ports, shipbuilding sites, shipwrecks and survivor camps. Tragically, treasure-hunting has had a deep impact on these maritime cultural resources, especially on shipwrecks. In the last 20 years, archaeologists have been fighting the battle against these treasure hunters in an attempt to preserve these resources as a source of cultural heritage, rather than allow them to be viewed solely as a means for financial reward. Case studies written primarily by Latin American and Caribbean archaeologists demonstrate exciting and cutting edge research, conservation, site preservation, and interpretation. As a result, this groundbreaking book documents the emerging research interests of maritime archaeologists in Latin America and the Caribbean.
List of IllustrationsForeword by Mark Staniforth and Dolores Elkin1. THE FOUNDATIONS OFF MARITIME AND UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN Margaret Leshikar-Denton and Pilar Luna Erreguerena2. THE SUBMERGED CULTURAL HERITAGE IN MEXICO Pilar Luna Erreguerena3. NUESTRA SENORA DEL JUNCAL. HER STORY AND HER SHIPWRECKPatricia Meehan H. and Flor Trejo Rivera4. NAUTICAL CHARTS AND MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS OF THE 17TH CENTURY Carmen Rojas Sandoval5. RIDDLES IN THE DARK: HUMAN BEHAVIOURS IN THE INTERPRETATION OF A 16th CENTURY WRECK Vera Moya Sordo6. AN 18th CENTURY BRITISH SHIPWRECK IN THE GULF OF MEXICO Roberto Enrique Galindo Dominguez7. EVIDENCE OF EARLY INHABITANTS IN SUBMERGED CAVES IN YUCATAN, MEXICO Arturo H. Gonzalez Gonzalez, Carmen Rojas Sandoval, Eugenio Acevez Nunez, Jeronimo Aviles Olguin, Santiago Analco Ramirez, Octavio Del Rio Lara, Pilar Luna Erreguerena, Adriana Velazquez Morlet, Wolfgang Stinnesbeck, Alejandro Terrazas Mata, Martha Benavente Sanvicente8. MAYAN MORTUARY DEPOSITS IN THE CENOTES OF YUCATAN AND QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO Carmen Rojas Sandoval, Arturo H. Gonzalez Gonzalez, Alejandro Terrazas Mata and Martha Benavente Sanvicente9. MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY IN ARGENTINA AT THE INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE ANTROPOLOGIA Dolores Elkin10. THE ROLE OF BENTHIC COMMUNITIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL AGENTS IN THE FORMATION OF UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES Ricardo Bastida, Monica Grosso and Dolores Elkin11. NAVIGATION IN THE RIO DE LA PLATA Antonio Lezama12. BERMUDA'S SHIPWRECK HERITAGE Edward Cecil Harris13. THE SINKING OF THE SLAVE SHIP TROUVADORE: LINKING THE PAST TO THE PRESENT Nigel Sadler14. THE CAYMAN ISLANDS' EXPERIENCE: YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW Margaret E. Leshikar-Denton and Della Scott-Ireton15. THE JAMAICAN VERSION: PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE PROTECTION OF THE UNDERWATER CULTURAL HERITAGE Dorrick E. Gray16. PORT ROYAL, JAMAICA: ARCHAEOLOGICAL PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE Donny L. Hamilton17. PRESERVATION OF WATERLOGGED ARCHAEOLOGICAL GLASS USING POLYMERS C. Wayne Smith18. DEVELOPMENT OF MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOURISM USING THE WRECKAGE OF THE ENGLISH SS MEDIATOR IN CURACAO Wil Nagelkerken, Theo van der Giessen, Raymond Hayes and Dennis Knepper19. THE HISTORIC ANCHORAGE OF KRALENDIJK, BONAIRE, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES Wil Nagelkerken and Raymond HayesIndexAbout the Authors
Margaret E. Leshikar-Denton serves with the Cayman Islands National Museum. Initiatives include research exhibitions, a shipwreck register, a maritime heritage trail, shipwreck preserves, and advocating legislation. She has worked in the Caribbean, Mexico, United States, Spain and Turkey. Chair of the SHA UNESCO Committee, and a research associate with Institute of Nautical Archaeology, she also serves on the ICOMOS-ICUCH and ACUA. Pilar Luna Erreguerena is head of the underwater archaeology area of the National Institute of Anthropology and History and is the pioneer of Mexican underwater archaeology. She has directed several projects in marine and continental waters. She is a member of the SHA UNESCO Committee, ICOMOS-ICUCH, ICOMOS Mexico and ACUA.
Reviews for Underwater and Maritime Archaeology in Latin America and the Caribbean
<p> The editors are to be applauded for organizing the session and producing this volume. The principal value of publishing conference proceedings is to preserve a permanent account of the research presented and to provide access to an audience that was not in attendance. As a record of the maturation of an emerging subfield of archaeology, this volume represents an important step forward in the practice of underwater archaeology in Latin America and the Caribbean. --Erika Laanela, New West Indian Guide