The new cooperative efforts to prevent shipwreck looting in the Baltic Sea require a wide range of skills. The museum’s maritime archaeologists are contributing expertise on the wrecks and their history. A heightened presence and radar surveillance of some of the wrecks should make the wreck looters’ job much more difficult.
Every now and then, the archaeologists discover that anything from a single souvenir to entire loads of objects have been stolen from the wrecks, only to be sold on the global market. With fewer objects on the wrecks, maritime archaeologists will find it more tricky to interpret their histories. These cultural heritage crimes can now hopefully be reduced so that future generations also get the chance to see the wrecks in their entirety.
Collaborators include the Coast Guard, the Maritime Police, the National Operations Department of the police, the Navy, the Prosecution Authority, the National Heritage Board, the County Administrative Board and the Museum of Wrecks.
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