09.09.2010 - Secretariat of the 2001 Convention

Just published: Underwater Cultural Heritage in Oceania

The Pacific Ocean contains a particular wealth of submerged traces of human existence. It spans three continents - Asia, Australia and America. Its archipelagos and islands are stretched over a great distance and many of them were populated by humans very early on, and underwent processes of substantial change by European colonialism.

Underwater sites in Oceania span human history from the Stone Age to the Atomic Age. As well as terrestrial traces of early human colonization, underwater cultural heritage sites including ancient sunken villages, wrecks and ancient fish traps offer a deep and colourful insight into the past.

Due to the cultural richness of underwater heritage in the region and its complex history, the protection of these sites is of high importance for the region. It offers a chance for development and defines cultural identity. The sheer multitude of submerged archaeological sites attracts tourists and passionate divers, contributing to the economies of many small archipelagos.

This book draws on different perspectives and a rich body of international expertise and research. It has been prepared in the wake of a significant regional meeting, which took place from 18 to 19 December 2009 in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

This publication will soon be available in print.  

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Edited by Ulrike Guérin, Barbara Egger and Vidha Penalva

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