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KUDAR Visiting Lecturer: Arturo Rey da Silva:Underwater Archaeology as a tool for International Cooperation. International assistance for the protection of the underwater cultural heritage in the framework of UNESCO

Author: KUDAR
KUDAR Visiting Lecturer: Arturo Rey da Silva (UNESCO Project Officer and Associate Program Specialist 2014-18, and Research Fellow at the Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma)
 
Thursday, March 7th, 18:00.  SNA  #122

  

Underwater Archaeology as a tool for International Cooperation. International assistance for the protection of the underwater cultural heritage in the framework of UNESCO

 

The underwater cultural heritage is a very important testimony of humanity’s past that helps us to understand the human interaction with its maritime environment throughout history as well as its resulting cultural spaces. Submerged cities and ancient harbours, shipwreck remains, sunken landscapes, intangible maritime traditions and exploitation techniques – still alive in many coastal communities – incorporate a great deal of information about ourselves and contribute, if appropriately managed and preserved, to the well-being of present societies and to their sustainable development. Nevertheless, most underwater archaeological sites are threatened by commercial exploitation, treasure-hunting, coastal and marine development projects, as well as by inappropriate and unethical recovery efforts.

 

This lecture will tackle the importance of the underwater cultural heritage and the increasing concern over its protection by the international community, which led to the adoption of the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. In the framework of this Convention and its implementation, several case studies will illustrate the different assistance mechanisms used by the States Parties to safeguard submerged heritage in danger and to build the appropriate capacities to identify, evaluate, study, preserve and manage it for humanity.