Photo exhibition "Heritage under the Waves"

© Christian Grondin

This photo exhibition on selected underwater cultural heritage sites illustrates the beauty of the traces of human existence covered by water. From ancient shipwrecks to underwater caves, the exhibition is an insight to the diversity of the underwater cultural heritage and its astonishing condition of conservation through the centuries of time, or even millennia.
Underwater cultural heritage encompasses all traces of human existence that lie or were lying under water and have a cultural, archaeological or historical character. Over the centuries, thousands of ships, entire cities, and even landscapes have been swallowed by the waves. Their remains now constitute a precious heritage, which attracts increasing attention from researchers and the public.

Scientists are finding more and more unique traces of the history of humanity under water. The oldest human remains in the Americas have been discovered in a flooded cave, the waters of the Mediterranean hide the remains of amazing ancient cities, like Apollonia in Lybia or Baia in Italy. Submerged Neanderthalian hunting grounds and painted caves have been found, as have been underwater Maya sacrificial sites and ancient pile dwellings, and last but not least, immense and tragic shipwrecks.

All of them fire the imagination and expectation - and rightly so: often these sites contain, due to the lack of oxygen, biological material that is lost on comparable sites on dry land. These submerged time capsules reveal now fascinating stories about the past.


Type of Event Exhibition
Start 06.05.2013 16:00 local time
End 03.06.2013 16:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Guerin, Ulrike
Organizer UNESCO
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Room External gates
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 Website of the events organized by the 2001 Convention Secretariat in May
Link 2
Link 3
Link 4