International seminar on "Underwater Archaeology: approaches and perspectives" to be held in Ecuador
This seminar is organized by the INPC (Instituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural) of Ecuador. It is carried out within the framework of activities developed by this South American country in the implementation of the 2001 UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. Scholars and students from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula will meet in the coastal city of Manta, 24-26 October 2012, to share research approaches and study new methods whilst enhancing international cooperation in this field of heritage protection.
Programme specialist Tatiana Villegas, in charge of the 2001 Convention at the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, has been invited by the INPC. Ms. Villegas will present the 2001 UNESCO Convention and its benefits for the LAC region and as an underwater archaeologist, will talk about in situ protection, one of the basic principles of the Convention.
The workshop is addressed to professionals and students involved in the field of underwater archaeology such as anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, sport divers, marine biologists, heritage officials as well as National institutions dealing with maritime affairs and environmental issues. Renowned experts from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain will participate in the seminar.