14.05.2014 - Culture Sector

UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology inaugurates first training center during its second meeting in Kemer, Antalya (Turkey), 14-17 May 2014

The new Training Centre on Underwater Archaeology inaugurated during the Second General Meeting of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network in Kemer, Antalya (Turkey), 14-17 May 2014. ©UNESCO/ UNITWIN UCH

The UNESCO UNITWIN Network on Underwater Archaeology met for its second meeting in Kemer, Antalya (Turkey)  from 14-17 May 2014. The meeting was organized by the coordinator of the network, the Turkish Selçuk University, in collaboration with the Turkish Nautical Archaeology Foundation and was supported by the British Honor Frost Foundation.

During the meeting a new Training Centre for Underwater Archaeology was inaugurated in Kemer. Its facilities will help build scientific capacities within the University Network and contribute to better research and protect the underwater cultural heritage in line with the Rules of the Annex of the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

The UNESCO UNITWIN Network on Underwater Archaeology, created in 2012, aims at promoting scientific research and training in the field of underwater archaeology as well as related disciplines among higher education and research institutions. It has the objective of increasing international cooperation and enhancing the safeguarding and research of underwater cultural heritage.

In the course of its second meeting, the Network was increased due to the acceptance of Warsaw University (Poland) as new Full Member, the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (Japan) and the University of Cyprus (Cyprus) as new Associated Members, and the Hemmenhofen Training Centre for Inland Water Archaeology (Germany) as Recognized Partner.

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