11.08.2017 - Culture Sector

Upcoming National Workshop in Costa Rica on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage

National workshop in Costa Rica

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 23 August 2017, at the Spanish Cultural Center in San José (Costa Rica). It will addressed key issues for the ratification and implementation of the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage

As part of the project "Safeguarding Underwater Cultural Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean", funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID), the UNESCO Multi-Country Office in San José, the UNESCO Secretariat for the Convention On the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, and the support of the National Museum of Costa Rica, national workshop in Costa Rica will take place on the protection of underwater cultural heritage.

The workshop,  is scheduled to take place at the Spanish Cultural Center  on 23 August 2017. It will count with the presence of Ulrike Guerin, responsible officer for the Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001) and Dolores Elkin, Director of the Underwater Archeology Program (PROAS) at the National Institute of Anthropology and Latin American Thinking in Argentina and member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Council (STAB) of the 2001 Convention.

The is addressed to the national authorities of Costa Rica in charge of the ratification and implementation of the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. It is also addressed to archaeologists and representatives of the Costa Rican tourism sector. It will seek to clarify aspects of the convention and relay successful practices of neighboring States parties in Latin America.

The history of the Central American region is closely tied to the many different nations and peoples that formed it as well as the aquatic environment. It is a region with some the largest number of ships sunk in its waters, and therefore much underwater cultural heritage in danger of plunder and destruction. Furthermore, the vestiges of pre-Hispanic and indigenous societies found in the waters of seas, rivers and lakes are equally important and provide key testimony in the understanding of the historical significance of the region.

Only through the protection of these submerged remains, proper investigation and adequate public access, it is possible to understand the historical development of the continent, as well as to bring back part of its lost cultural memory.

 
Other links of interest

Workshop Agenda
UNESCO Office in San José




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