UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology (997), established in 2012 at Selçuk University (Turkey).


Underwater cultural heritage.


The main objectives of the Cooperation Programme are to:

  • promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation activities in the field of archaeology related to underwater cultural heritage and related disciplines;
  • create an academic training network tasked with harmonizing teaching schedules and programmes, teaching material and examinations; organize joint field schools; set up distance learning courses at the Master’s level, as well as common Master’s level courses; foster faculty and student mobility and set up a common scholarship system; and facilitate exchange or lending of technical material;
  • set up a common web portal to facilitate knowledge and information-sharing, as well as the creation of a virtual community;
  • organize regional and international conferences and seminars to promote the discipline and advance innovative research, as well as annual thematic meetings of the Network;
  • carry out joint research projects to enhance understanding of the status of underwater cultural heritage worldwide;
  • contribute to the elaboration of a pedagogical kit for underwater archaeology education;
  • foster research, development, exchange and harmonization of databases or inventories addressing different aspects of underwater cultural heritage;
  • encourage inter-university cooperation through the transfer of knowledge, reinforce the dynamism of existing academic and professional networks and strengthen North-South cooperation; and,
  • act as a bridge between the academic world, civil society, local communities, research and policy-makers, promoting awareness on underwater cultural heritage and influencing cultural heritage policies.

Host Institution

Selçuk University (Turkey) 

Network's website


Alexandria University (Egypt)

Syddansk University (Denmark)

University of Southampton (UK)   


1st Meeting of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology (16-19 May, 2013 Kemer, Antalya, Turkey) 

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network



Contact: Dr.Hakan Oniz, Coordinator

Selcuk University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Archaeology

Kampus, Konya


Phone: 90 542 874 1955   90 535 761 4252 /+ 90 332 2231373

Fax: +90 332 2411309

E-mail: hakan.oniz(at)gmail.com