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Underwater Archaeology of World War 2 Invasion Beaches in Saipan

April 17, 2008

On June 15, 1944 US Marines stormed ashore beginning the Battle for Saipan. World War II tanks, landing craft, barges, ships, and material litters the waters. Today the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on the Island of Saipan has brought in underwater archaeologists Jason Burns and Michael Krivor to inventory their submerged cultural resources. As part of their public outreach program Jason and Michael will post updates on how the project is proceeding.

You can read their first entry on the MUA here:
http://www.uri.edu/artsci/his/mua/project_journals/saipan/saipan_intro.shtml

Best regards,

T Kurt Knoerl

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2 comments

  1. Sitting at my desk on the west coast of central florida checking my google alerts for saipan, it makes me feel releived to know something like your project is happening! I lived & dove the entire island’s reefs and inside the reef areas 5 days a week for 6yr’s I am a certified diver & in the 70’s-80’s a full time freediver & spearfisherman selling my catch to the local markets daily. I dove with many different men, sometimes day time other times night dives. All this to say over the years of diving the the wrecks “spearfishing” I saw parts of everthing disappear. Diver’s from places all over the world taking this “once in a life time” chance to pick up a trophy from Saipan.I really hope what your doing makes a difference. Better late than never!


  2. Mario:

    I couldn’t agree more. By their example what the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is attempting is crucial not only to the preservation of their maritime history but in effect the world’s. Efforts like this one and that of the recent UNESCO (http://www.uri.edu/artsci/his/mua/project_journals/un/un_intro.shtml) training project in Sri Lanka can serve as examples for others and hopefully stem the tide of cultural theft and destruction. Once our submerged cultural resources are gone…they’re gone forever.

    Kurt



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