28.09.2012 - UNESCO Havana/ Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

UNESCO capacity building programme for the safeguarding of the Underwater Cultural Heritage of the Caribbean to be held in Jamaica

© UNESCO/Photo: F. Callipo. Brazilian archaeologists registering a ship structure.

The Jamaican city of Port Royal will host from 5 to 30 November 2012 UNESCO Regional Capacity Building Program: "Safeguarding the Underwater Cultural Heritage of the Caribbean", one of the activities foreseen in the Spanish Funded project "Capacity building, implementation actions and increase ratification schemes for the 2001 Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean".

This activity will be jointly organized by UNESCO Offices in Havana and Kingston, the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands) and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust with the support of the Jamaican National Commission for UNESCO. The purpose of the course is to support the efforts by Caribbean Member States to ratify and implement the 2001 Convention, as well as to strengthen regional capacities in the protection and management of the underwater cultural heritage.

Specialists from Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago will participate in this training course.

The curriculum of this programme has been developed by expert trainers and includes topics such as: the 2001 Convention and its Annex, introduction to underwater archaeology, underwater archaeological resource protection and management, site significance assessment, protective legislation, survey and registration techniques for inventory, in situ protection and preservation, 3D site survey, shipbuilding techniques and terminology, ceramics, conservation and finds handling, ethnographic boat recording, geographical information systems (GIS) in underwater archaeology, data management, museology, risk mitigation, amongst others.

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