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Researchers call for debate on underwater cultural heritage
Researchers call for debate on underwater cultural heritage

Lead ingots recovered from ancient shipwrecks have low radioactivity levels and are therefore ideal for use in particle physics. The recent use of lead ingots in scientific research has led to a call for clarification surrounding the protection of underwater cultural material

[h=3]Compromise does not equal defeat[/h] Perez-Alvaro concludes by saying “the study of sunken vessels is essential to history because entire continents have been discovered, colonised, invaded and defended by sea. The salvage of this material should be done under the surveillance of an archaeological team. On the other hand, not so far in the future, the development and operation of new sciences and technologies make it likely that further investigation, development and use of the underwater cultural heritage for other purposes may occur. ”

“If boundaries are not well defined, a “first come, first served” approach may occur. New uses of the oceans and their patrimony have recently been invoked by relevant international law of sea actors and their instruments. It is necessary to identify gaps and suggestions in order to analyse whether and to what extent the existing rules can be applied or modified to adequately deal with these new uses. Compromise does not equal defeat; sometimes, it is the only path to success. Guidelines are necessary for the ‘benefit of humankind.”

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I believe that the bearings from the engines of German ships scuttled at Scapa Flow were salvaged in the 1970s for the same reason - uncontaminated by nuclear fallout
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