BBC News has revealed that a shipwreck containing 200 tonnes of silver has been found in the Atlantic Ocean, 500 kilometres off the west coast of Ireland.
It’s the largest haul of precious metal ever discovered at sea and is believed to be worth approximately $200 million.
But is this really a case of “marine” or “maritime archaeology”? Or is it just treasure hunting?
The 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage came into force in January 2009 having been ratified by the required 20 countries. As of September 2011, 40 nations have ratified the Convention.