All projects directed at underwater cultural heritage affect the heritage even if safeguarding may be its purpose. Adequate measures implemented as part of the conservation and management scheme ensure that the deterioration of the site and any objects, finds and samples is limited.

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The remains of a Yap aech, Lubumow, Yap Islands, Federated States of Micronesia. The Aech Survey Project began in 2008 with the aim of documenting the material remains of the aech in addition to their histories, how and when they were used, and their placement in context with the reef and coastal environments. The documentation of the aech provided a good understanding of the aechs and thereby enabled the conservation, restoration and sustainable preservation of the aech sites for future use and appreciation.

The arguments of this chapter are:


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