Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage Management on the Historic and Arabian Trade Routes

Robert Parthesius, Jonathan Sharfman

Research output: Book/ReportBook


This book brings together perspectives on maritime and underwater cultural heritage (MUCH) in selected countries around the Indian Ocean rim that are linked by the historic and Arabian maritime trade routes. It explores how selected countries have adapted maritime archaeological and UCH management methodologies rooted in western contexts to their own situations. It assesses how new heritage management burdens have been placed on states by outsiders wishing to conserve their own heritage in foreign waters. It investigates what these new pressures are and asks what the future holds for the region. Each chapter outlines the development of MUCH in the author's home nation, provides an overview of current frameworks and activities, and looks to the future of research and management. The chapters draw conclusions regarding what has driven the process of developing individual approaches and perspectives and what the results have been. They ask if the focus is on management or research, and if the MUCH vision is focused seaward or towards the hinterland. A common thread that binds the chapters is the adaptation of western management and practice structures to contexts where the binaries such as tangible and intangible, natural and cultural, and submerged and terrestrial become blurred. It examines how states have confronted management and research challenges on sites that are validated primarily by European expansion perspectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages171
ISBN (Electronic)9783030558376
ISBN (Print)9783030558369
StatePublished - Dec 15 2020


  • African Underwater Cultural Heritage
  • Arabian Underwater Cultural Heritage
  • Development of the Maritime Archaeology Unit in Sri Lanka
  • Heritage Management Approach
  • Indian Ocean Underwater Cultural Heritage
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeology of Mozambique
  • Maritime Heritage in the Sultanate of Oman
  • Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage in South Africa
  • Methodological Approaches in Underwater Cultural Heritage
  • Protect Endangered Shipwrecks
  • Role of the National Museum in MUCH Management
  • Trade Routes
  • Underwater Archaeological Research in India
  • Underwater Cultural Heritage
  • Underwater Cultural Heritage Management
  • Underwater Cultural Heritage in India
  • Underwater Cultural Heritage in Sri Lanka
  • Underwater Cultural Heritage on Swahili Coast in Tanzania
  • Underwater Heritage Management in India

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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