Wendorf, Fred and J. Barto Arnold III
Category: Underwater Archaeology
Comments: Pamphlet; illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was probably published anonymously since their is no publisher listed and the topic was quite controversial in 1983. There is a note that the publication was funded in part by the Texas Historical Foundation. It is a small paperback pamphlet.
Description: This pamphlet attempts to separate fact from fiction in the argument between underwater treasure hunters and archaeologists, and encourages a “realistic approach” to the crisis in preservation of historic wrecks. It was written in support of two bills in the Texas legislature that support the protection of shipwrecks from treasure hunters. It takes each of the individual position statements made by treasure hunters (listed as Fiction), and offers a rebuttal (Fact).