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Ono R.,Tokai University | Katagiri C.,Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum Japan | Kan H.,Kyushu University | Nagao M.,Japan National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology | And 4 more authors.
International Journal of Nautical Archaeology | Year: 2016

The Yarabuoki underwater site contains seven iron grapnel anchors and Early Modern Okinawan ceramic jars and is dated to the 16th-19th centuries. The site lies at a depth of 12-32 m off the western coast of Ishigaki Island in Okinawa, Japan. Based on underwater archaeological and broadband multibeam surveys, as well as historical research of the artefacts and Early Modern Ryukyuan shipping, we discuss the possible anchor and vessel types in Ryukyu and Eastern Asia in Early Modern times. We also discuss the efficacy of low-cost ROV for assisting surveys in shallow-water environments and the value of educational programmes for promoting the management and conservation of underwater cultural heritage. © 2016 The Nautical Archaeology Society.

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