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Title:A Suggested Blueprint for the Development of Maritime Archeological Research in Namibia
Author:Werz, Bruno E.J.S.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Namibian Studies
Geographic term:Namibia
Anthropology and Archaeology
Development and Technology
Abstract:During the last few decades, maritime archaeology has developed into an internationally accepted field of specialization within the discipline of archaeology. However, it has only gained academic recognition in southern Africa since the late 1980s, when a lecturing post for maritime archaeology was established at the University of Cape Town. This resulted in initial efforts being focused on South Africa. The author argues that the time has come to expand the development of maritime archaeology to neighbouring countries. Due to various factors - including the presence of an important research potential as well as growing interest and positive contributions by some organizations and private individuals - Namibia provides a fertile ground to extend the field of operations. The article first summarizes the objectives and methodology of maritime archaeological research in general; then it offers suggestions as to how to establish this research specialization in Namibia, bearing in mind local circumstances. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]