Third Foundation Course on Underwater Cultural Heritage of Asia and the Pacific.
The Third Foundation Course training programme on Underwater Cultural Heritage will take place from 14 February – 26 March 2011 in Chanthaburi, Thailand.
The Third Foundation Course training programme on Underwater Cultural Heritage will take place from 14 February – 26 March 2011. Under the Norway-funded project on “Safeguarding the Underwater Cultural Heritage of Asia and the Pacific,” the course follows the successful first and second Foundation Courses. It is organized by the Underwater Archaeology Division of the Fine Arts Department of Thailand, to which the Regional Field Training Centre on Underwater Cultural Heritage is attached.
Lectures and classroom sessions will be held at the Asia-Pacific Regional Field Training Centre in Chanthaburi, Thailand, while underwater survey field exercises will be conducted at the Ruea Mail shipwreck site in Kleng District, Rayong Province. Twenty-one professional archaeologists and museum practitioners from many countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Vanuatu, Kenya and Kyrgyzstan, are taking part in this regional training course.
The series of foundation courses have been organized within the context of the project “Safeguarding the Underwater Cultural Heritage of Asia and the Pacific”. It aims to build regional capacities in the management and protection of underwater in Asia and the Pacific. The training courses will cover various aspects from archaeological site inventory and mapping, non‐invasive techniques of site identification, inventory and investigation, museological techniques, to site monitoring and protection in accordance to international standards. By means of this project, UNESCO has projected its attempt to promote regional cooperation and networking through close collaboration and exchange of information on the conservation and management of a shared heritage; and to prepare the Member-States for the ratification and implementation of the 2001 Convention and its Annex.
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