UNESCO Manual for Activities directed at Underwater Cultural Heritage

The 14 chapters of this Manual explain the Annex of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001) and illustrate the 36 Rules concerning Activities directed at Underwater Cultural Heritage.

This electronic tutorial shall give guidance for the application of the state-of-the-art regarding activities directed at submerged archaeological sites as well as site management and site protection. Equally it shall serve as a reference tool for site managers, stakeholders and partners in the protection of underwater cultural heritage and for training courses in underwater archaeology.

The Manual is also available in printed form as a manual.

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UNESCO - Secretariat of the 2001 Convention, Paris, 2011, (c) UNESCO


Dr. Ulrike Guèrin, Barbara Egger

Scientific edition:

Thijs Maarleveld, Professor for Maritime Archaeology, Denmark, President of the ICOMOS International Committee for Underwater Cultural Heritage

In the preparation of this manual, UNESCO has enlisted contributions from an international team of renowned archaeologists.



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