EXCHANGE DAY ON UNDERWATER CULTURAL HERITAGE AND THE 2001 CONVENTION and Film “THE SECRET OF THE TREASURE OF BASSAS DA INDIA”
27 May 2013, UNESCO Headquarters, Room I, Paris, France
A UNESCO Exchange Day symposium will shed light on the importance and potential of this heritage as well as the threats it faces. Reputed expert speakers will present their views during the symposium.
Underwater cultural heritage encompasses a vast legacy. It is estimated that some three million ancient shipwrecks and sunken cities lie on the ocean floor as well as thousands of prehistoric sites on now submerged landscapes bearing witness to the evolution of past civilizations. Major sites include the 150 ancient cities submerged in the Mediterranean, the Lusitania and Titanic wrecks, the lighthouse ruins in Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the antique world, as well as ancient human remains and offerings found in North European and Asian lakes. This submerged heritage is endangered, but yet insufficiently protected, known and researched.
The event is open to the public free of charge.
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, Entrance 125 Avenue Suffren, Paris, France
- 27 May 2013, Symposium: 10 am – 6 pm,
- Film Preview ‘Le Trésor de Bassas da Indias’, Documentary by Karel Prokop - Coproduction ARTE France, Constance Films, in cooperation with DRASSM and under UNESCO’s Patronage, Length: 70 min, in French language: 7 pm.
Metro 10 – Segur, Metro 6 – Cambronne.
Lunch can be taken at the UNESCO Restaurant, Café or Cafeteria.
Please register with Ms Amélie Muñoz at a.munoz(at)unesco.org.
Photo Exhibition ‘Heritage under the Waves’ displayed on the fences surrounding UNESCO Headquarters.