BOOK REVIEW: BELITUNG: THE AFTERLIVES OF A SHIPWRECK Peter Hobbins – TAASA Review September 2023

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Belitung: The Afterlives of a Shipwreck Natali Pearson University of Hawai’i Press, Honolulu, Nov 2022 (hardback), Aug 2023 (paperback) RRP US$68.00, hardback, 230 pp, 11 b&w illustrations, US$28 paperback In her astute monograph, Natali Pearson outlines why shipwrecks remain fraught terrain for the recovery, study and display of cultural heritage.

‘Technological advances might have made underwater sites more accessible’, she contends, ‘but conceptual and theoretical developments in critical heritage studies have had limited impact on our understanding’ (p.

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