Regional Training Course in Underwater Archaeology from 6 to 19 June 2011 in Kemer-Antalya (Turkey)
A regional training course on underwater archaeology is organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the Kemer Foundation KETAV in Antalya, Turkey, from 6 to 19 June 2011.
The short term training course aims at establishing a basic understanding of underwater archaeology among government heritage officials and archaeologists of the invited countries and at promoting the scientific standards of the 2001 Convention. Therewith it shall create the basis for effective collaboration and co-operation in the region.
In the course of the two-week practical training, participants will work in a training setting in underwater archaeological researches up to a maximum of 30 metres below the sea. Instruction will be provided by specialists in English.
The designated participants should preferably be archaeologists, heritage experts, historians, or conservationists working in governmental institutions. The following certificates are required for taking part in the course: a medical certificate confirming the aptitude to dive (mandatory), insurance against accidents (mandatory), a copy of diploma in archaeology, history, etc. (optional), dive or underwater archaeology certifications already obtained (optional). Travel expenses of participants for the training need to be covered by the designating country, while accommodation and training will be covered by the organizers. The selection of participants will give consideration to the desirability of gender balance and a fair geographical representation. States Parties to the 2001 Convention will be considered preferentially.
The UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001) ensures comprehensive protection of underwater cultural heritage through clear legal and operational rules, in addition to setting a scientific work methodology in its Annex. In the course of the UNESCO Regional Meeting in Istanbul which took place in October 2010, it was generally acknowledged that many of the countries of the region require reinforcement of their capacities in order to adequately protect their archaeological sites under water.