Australian maritime archaeology: Changes, their antecedents and the path ahead

05th January 2014

Michael McCarthy

Introduction*

In 1994 it was stated in the pages of this journal that: [M]aritime archaeology still has improvements to make. Its isolation from other branches of archaeology, lack of a strong theoretical approach, inadequate representation in tertiary education, the ad hoc attitude towards individual sites, lack of overall management strategies and the lack of interdisciplinary exchange all need to be addressed. (Hosty and Stuart 1994:17)

These words were penned at a time when there many unheralded changes occurring in Australian maritime archaeology. As the effect of those changes is now becoming apparent it is perhaps pertinent to examine the changes that have occurred, with an eye to both their antecedents and the path ahead.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

McCarthy, M.
Australian maritime archaeology: Changes, their antecedents and the path ahead
December 1998
47
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