Individuals from all walks of life can help preserve our archaeological heritage through several vitally important actions.
- Support organizations that study and protect heritage resources including museums, universities, parks, and government agencies.
- Support legislation and funding for the preservation and management of archaeological sites and the enforcement of antiquities laws.
- Do not engage in the sale or purchase of artifacts.
- Make sure that an organization you choose to support is conducting real archaeological work, not profit-oriented treasure salvage.
- As divers and visitors to the underwater world, take only pictures and leave only bubbles.
- Do not disturb or remove artifacts from sites. Even the taking of small “harmless” souvenirs such as potsherds, ballast stones, and nails will eventually leave a site barren of both scientific information and recreational interest.