22.05.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

A Day for Underwater Cultural Heritage

Paris, 21 May - The looting and pillaging of wrecks, the historical importance of the submerged relics of the First World War or of Kublai Khan’s fleet in Japan and the challenges of teaching underwater archeology at universities: these are just some of the topics to be discussed during the Exchange Day on Underwater Cultural Heritage, organized by UNESCO at its Paris Headquarters on May 27 (10-18h, Room I).

The event, intended to highlight the dangers threatening submerged cultural heritage and the need to preserve it, will be opened by the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova and the Director of Fine Arts, Cultural Heritage, Libraries and Archives at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport in Spain, Pedro Jesús Prieto.

It will bring together international experts, including Michel L'Hour, Director of the Department of Underwater Archaeological Research (France); Xavier Nieto Prieto, Director of the National Museum of Underwater Archeology (Spain); Kenji Nemoto, Professor at the Tokai University Department of Marine Science and Technology (Japan); and Elianne Martínez, Director of the Archeology Department of the Commission on the Cultural Heritage of the Nation (Uruguay).

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