03.05.2011 -

Launch of the new web portal and the tutorial on the Rules concerning activities directed at Underwater Cultural Heritage

Two new promotional tools have been prepared on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Convention.

Since its entry into force in 2001 the Convention has well advanced. However it is still essential to promote the Convention, to inform about underwater cultural heritage and to raise awareness for its protection.

A new web portal including UNESCO’s first page for children available in 7 languages

This attractive new web portal in 7 languages informs the public at large on the importance of the preservation of underwater cultural heritage. Based on numerous flash and 3D animations, documentary films and photo galleries, the portal offers information on:

  • archaeological sites and museums,
  • UNESCO’s mission,
  • research and training opportunities,
  • threats and protection of sites.

It also proposes a kids’ page, an educative programme for the youth that incites learning about underwater cultural heritage. This first website truly dedicated to children for the protection of the underwater cultural heritage has been elaborated in cooperation with the French/American firm Moonscoop and it offers various games.

A tutorial on the Rules concerning activities directed at Underwater Cultural Heritage

The Tutorial on the Rules concerning activities directed at Underwater Cultural Heritage shall serve as a reference for site managers, stakeholders and partners in the protection of underwater cultural heritage and for training courses in underwater archaeology.

The 14 chapters of this Tutorial of the Manual explain the Annex of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001) and illustrate the 36 Rules concerning Activities directed at Underwater Cultural Heritage. The Manual will also be soon available in printed form as a manual, as well as Spanish and French adaptations.

In the near future the tutorial will be enhanced with:

  • a series of test exams,
  • a series of illustrative videos,
  • additional training material from our Thailand training centre,
  • a conservation manual elaborated by the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar,
  • and many more...

Dive in and discover the underwater cultural heritage!

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