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19.11.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

Experts meet in China to examine ways of protecting underwater heritage sites

Several of the world’s leading experts in underwater cultural heritage will meet from 23 to 27 November in Chongcinq (China) to explore ways of improving protection for archeological sites and artifacts in the world’s lakes, rivers, seas and oceans.

The International Meeting on Protection, Presentation and Valorization of Underwater Cultural Heritage, organised by China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage and UNESCO will take place within the framework of the International Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. This Convention was adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in 2001 and has since been ratified by 36 countries.

Amongst other safeguarding measures, the participants will examine the potential for developing underwater museums around sites and will visit the world’s first such museum, Nanhai No.1, also known as China's Marine Silk Road Museum. The museum contains a sunken ship more than 800 years old. UNESCO is consulting with Egyptian experts, some of whom will attend the meeting in Chongqing, over the planning of the world’s second under water museum containing Cleopatra’s palace in Alexandria (Egypt).


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