Maritime heritage, also called marine archaeology, is the study of ancient human objects found beneath the water’s surface. The most common (and perhaps most popular) type of marine archaeological sites studied are shipwrecks; however, marine archaeologists also investigate other kinds of sites, such as sunken airplanes, flooded land sites, or fishing structures. Studying maritime heritage sites can help us understand the past, connect us to our ancestors, and teach us lessons on how the environment and human error can impact each other.
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