Should shipwrecks be left alone?

01 Nov 2011 8:16 AM | Anonymous

Should shipwrecks be left alone?
By Chris Summers  BBC News
 
It is 10 years since a deal to protect the world's thousands of shipwrecks, but the UK and several other major maritime powers are yet to ratify it. Should this underwater heritage be protected or is it acceptable to plunder?

When a ship sinks and lives are lost, it is a tragedy for the families involved.

For the relatives of the dead, the ship becomes an underwater grave but as the years pass the wreck can become a site of archaeological interest.

In recent years technological innovations have allowed commercial archaeologists, decried by some as "treasure hunters", to reach wrecks far below the surface.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15031084

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