Underwater archaeology in Latvia (1996)
Underwater archaeology in Latvia is not a highly developed branch of science and makes its first steps in the direction towards serious work. Twenty years ago I made an unsuccessful attempt to found an Underwater archaeology department in the Riga museum of History and Navigation.
A new opportunity for this showed up seven years ago with the struggle for freedom and independence. But revolution time is not the best time for culture. The beginning of our work coincided with these changes in Latvia, so we could not receive any help from our government due to the hard economic situation. We had to solve our problems ourselves.
Our present main tasks are:
Now our work produces its first results:
1996 has been very important for our development. We now work inside the Latvian centre of archaeology. Previously, we worked on a municipal level, but from this year we are recognised on a national level. In 1996 we made our first video film in Latvia.
Presently, we have these problems:
Jurmala, October, 1996.
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