This note examines the legal facets of underwater archaeology and the preservation of cultural resources on the seabed. The author begins by discussing the question of who has jurisdiction to regulate and preserve cultural resources on the seabed. The author then moves on to examine antiquities legislation presently in existence and the possibility of extending or modifying it to cover underwater archaeology. The author concludes that the basic principles of the model statute might be useful in creating new laws that will extend the historic preservation all the way to the seabed.
James K. Meenan,
Cultural Resources Preservation and Underwater Archaeology: Some Notes on the Current Legal Framework and a Model Underwater Antiquities Statute,
San Diego L. Rev.
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