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Underwater Cultural Heritage in Finland

Underwater remains of human activity are called underwater cultural heritage. Along with their underwater environment they form an underwater cultural landscape. Often the protection of cultural heritage and underwater nature go hand in hand, each promoting the other.

The National Board of Antiquities maintains the Ancient Relics Register, is responsible for the protection of underwater ancient relics, processes the research permit applications for underwater ancient relics, gives statements on the effects of water engineering projects on underwater cultural heritage, and cooperates with amateur divers.

The Ancient Relics Register contains the information about over 1,800 underwater discoveries, 740 of which are protected ancient relics. The majority of underwater discoveries are the wrecks of ships and boats, and parts of wrecks.


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