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Shipwreck salvagers or plunderers?
1/27/2012 7:13:30 PM


After three hundred years, it has been reported that the wreck of HMS Victory, the predecessor of Admiral Nelson’s famous flagship, is in the process of being salvaged after being found in 2008. In conjunction with the Maritime Heritage Foundation, the wreck is now in the process of being recovered by a US salvage organisation, Odyssey Marine Exploration. Odyssey was responsible for discovering the stricken vessel four years ago after identifying the crest of King George I on a bronze cannon. The Ministry of Defence has welcomed the discovery, stating that: "Efforts to protect key parts of British Naval history such as the wreck of HMS Victory 1744 are very welcome and we hope to make an announcement shortly."
 
The question that arises, however, is one of morality. Is it correct to lease the rights for shipwreck salvaging to a private enterprise when they expect to receive the majority of artefacts recovered despite its importance in historical heritage and its significance as an underwater grave?
Scholarship in Sierra Leone; a visit to the Sierra Leone National Archives
1/24/2012 11:12:11 AM


In the process of completing my postgraduate dissertation, “Colonial Conservationism: a Study of the Sierra Leone Forestry Department,”
I endeavoured to explore the relationships between man and forests underpinned by the colonial attitudes of the time. Contemporary opinions were rife in assuming that indigenous forest uses were backward and destructive and that colonial stewardship of the forests was required to ensure the longevity of Sierra Leone primary forest. In the process of my research, I have come to the conclusion that colonial conservationism and the stigmatisation of ‘the profligate native’ was but a ruse, providing justification for whole scale mechanisation, standardisation and monetisation of the forests under colonial jurisdiction. The requirements for completing this mammoth undertaking involved extensive study in both the UK and Sierra Leone National Archives.
 
I will give further account of the research trip that I embarked upon in Sierra Leone. Once I was in receipt of my Hatfield Trust Research Award, I was able to purchase flights to Freetown, Sierra Leone residing within the country from 1st – 10th June 2011. Despite the time constraints and physical effort involved, I was able to conduct successful research concerning both colonial forest policy and the Sierra Leone Forestry Department itself.
Spartan economies? Ancient Greek monuments for hire
1/22/2012 5:36:55 PM


In light of the spiralling economy and with concerns mounting to safeguard its ancient monuments, Greece has begun procedures to allow advertising firms and other financial outlets the opportunity of renting its most treasured and instantly recognisable ancient icons. Beginning with the 2,500 year old Acropolis and followed by the Delphi, Greece shows signs of commercialising the entirety of its archaeological heritage.

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