UNESCO Regional Capacity Building Program: "Safeguarding the Underwater Cultural Heritage of the Caribbean"

© UNESCO/Gloria Tega
Archaeologist registering a prehispanic logboat found in the Jaguari river in Bragança Paulista, Brazil.

The training is part of the activities foreseen in the Spanish Funded project "Capacity building, implementation actions and increase ratification schemes for the 2001 Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean".
The project aims to protect the underwater cultural heritage in the Caribbean by building regional capacities to properly manage and preserve underwater archaeological sites through the establishment of a regional Training Program in Jamaica. The objective is to strengthen regional capacities in the identification, protection and management of the underwater cultural heritage and to support efforts made by Caribbean Member States to ratify and implement the 2001 UNESCO Convention.

This first course is jointly organized by the UNESCO Havana and Kingston Offices, the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the Jamaican National Commission for UNESCO. Specialists from Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago will be in Jamaica for a month training following a curriculum developed by expert trainers that include topics such as: the 2001 Convention and its Annex, introduction to underwater archaeology, underwater archaeological resource protection and management, site significance assessment, protective legislation, survey and registration techniques for inventory, in situ protection and preservation, 3D site survey, shipbuilding techniques and terminology, ceramics, conservation and finds handling, ethnographic boat recording, geographical information systems (GIS) in underwater archaeology, data management, museology, risk mitigation, amongst other.


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 05.11.2012 08:00 local time
End 30.11.2012 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Villegas, Tatiana
Organizer UNESCO Offices in Havana and Kingston.
Contact dorrickgray@jnht.com ; t.villegas@unesco.org; ld.gamonal@unesco.org.cu ; h.gurung@unesco.org
Country Jamaica
City Port Royal
Venue Jamaica National Heritage Trust
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants 50
Official Website Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean
Link 1 UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean
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