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date: 04 March 2021

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This article establishes the link between maritime archaeology and the industry. Many countries have laws and acts that insist that underwater cultural heritage belongs to the state, with few rewards to the finder. It is argued that this approach discourages responsible private companies from even looking, while individuals are still clandestinely pillaging the coastlines. This article presents a case study from Norway, that shows the archaeological and the industrial sector working together in the country. The pressure on underwater cultural heritage will only increase in the years to come, so more emphasis should be placed on the applications of underwater technology and that marine archaeological studies be performed as an important part of industrial projects. Marine archaeologists, companies involved in underwater construction projects, and cultural resource management agencies should start addressing this challenge as soon as possible to conserve the cultural heritage.

Keywords: maritime archaeology, industry, underwater cultural heritage, underwater technology, marine archaeological studies, underwater construction, cultural resource management

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