Definition and declaration.

The Marine archaeological areas are established in order to provide protection for marine cultural places such as sunken ships, shipwrecks, lighthouses, bridges and ports etc., by virtue of the Archaeological Sites, Antiques, Artifacts and National Museums Act, B.E. 2504. This act emphasizes on the announcement of such archeological areas and their management and administration.

Thailand has announced the Marine archaeological areas, such as the Notifications of the Ministry of Education, dated 8 November, 1974 on determining the areas in the localities of Chonburi where finding any ancient objects or Artifacts are prohibited. The notification announced under the Archaeological Sites, Antiques, Artifacts and National Museums Act, B.E. 2504 (Anuwat, BE 2551).