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A shipwreck is the most common type of wreck in a maritime context.

The question whether a shipwreck qualifies as heritage asset depends on the statutory protection status as well as the knowledge basis, depending on the state of preservation, period, circumstantial findings etc.[1]

  1. M. Harpster, Shipwreck Identity, Methodology, and Nautical Archaeology. In: Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 20.4, 2013, pp. 588-622.