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date: 04 March 2021

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The physical remains of the ships that came to an untimely end at the shores of the southern African region represent an important part of the maritime cultural heritage. Yet, very few scientific investigations into this heritage have been undertaken to date, as a result, no archival record or archaeological evidence of local vessels being produced here exists. The known potential of shipwrecks therefore consists of vessels that originated from elsewhere. The first part of this article sketches the physical geographic setting of the region's shores and the adjacent coastal waters. Following this, some aspects relating to southern African shipwreck archaeological investigations are discussed. This article also gives information aspects of specific studies in maritime archaeology that have been undertaken in the southern African region so far.

Keywords: maritime heritage, archaeological evidence, archaeological investigations, maritime archaeology, shipwreck archaeology, southern African region

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