30.08.2016 - Culture Sector

UNESCO Manual for Activities directed at the Underwater Cultural Heritage in Arabic

UNESCO Manual for Activities directed at the Underwater Cultural Heritage in Arabic

UNESCO and the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah present the Arabic version of the UNESCO Manual for Activities directed at the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

This Manual, published by UNESCO in 2013 and endorsed by the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body to the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater cultural Heritage, explains the “Rules concerning activities directed at underwater cultural heritage”. These are the main practical standards and ethical directives for archaeological work in underwater sites. They regulate the preparation of an archaeological project, the competences and qualifications of professionals undertaking interventions, the funding and the documentation of the work undertaken.

The 36 rules set out regulations for the responsible management of submerged heritage, be it located in maritime or in inland waters. They present a directly applicable operation scheme and are a major reference document in the field of underwater archaeology.

In addition to elaborating on the ethical principles, the Manual offers a series of guidelines concerning: project design; preliminary work; the formulation of project objectives, methodologies and techniques; fund raising and management; project scheduling; competence and qualification requirements; conservation and site management; documentation procedures; safety standards; environmental considerations; reporting; curation of project archives; and dissemination. 

With this new version, Arabic speaking countries have now a new tool to better protect their underwater cultural heritage as well as to help them in the implementation of the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

The UNESCO Manual is also available in EnglishFrenchSpanish and Chinese.

The Manual in Arabic can be downloaded HERE

 

 

 

 

 




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