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Archaeological Services in support of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973
Since April 2003, WA C&M has been fulfilling a contract to provide archaeological services to the heritage agencies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in support of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973. The Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 enables the Government to designate wrecks that are of historic, archaeological or artistic importance. Only people who have a licence are authorised to dive and carry out work on such wrecks. Designations and licences are administered by English Heritage, Cadw, Historic Scotland and the Environment and Heritage Service (Northern Ireland). Wessex Archaeology supports the heritage agencies by carrying out a range of investigations on wrecks that are already designated, or which are being considered for designation. The investigations include diving, desk-based research, and reviewing geophysical data. WA C&M also talk to past and present licence-holders, to help get the most from their own investigations. Details of WA C&M work in support of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 can be found at http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/cm/themes/shipwrecks/.