Research, teaching, protection of maritime heritage
30 years of DEGUWA. On 11 January 1991, 15 archaeologists, historians, sports divers and friends of the ancient sciences gathered in Erlangen to found a non-profit society with the aim of promoting the preservation of the underwater cultural heritage and its scientific research.
Registration until 20 February 2021 (see above)
IN POSEIDONS’ REALM XXVI
with the topic
Safety and Waterways
will be held in close cooperation with the
LVR-Archäological Park Xanten / LVR-RömerMuseum
May 3, 2021 - May 10, 2021 in Xanten.
Call for Papers
Review of IN POSEIDONS REICH XXV
12 – 17 Februar 2020 at the Archaeological Museum Frankfurt am Main
Abstracts with all contributions
Photos with the possibility to up- and download.
Now available: The Leopoldina publishes discussion paper on underwater archaeology in the North and Baltic Seas
On the occasion of our this year's conference in Frankfurt, the organisers could distribute the newly published Leopoldinas' (German National Academy of Sciences) discussion paper Traces under Water – Exploring and Protecting the Cultural Heritage in the North Sea and Baltic Sea (2019) to the participants and discuss thereon.
Regrettably, our non German-speaking friends could not participate thereof and an English edition of this valuable contribution on the protection of underwater heritage became a desideratum. Therefore, it is all the more gratifying that the publishers announced an English equivalent. This edition is now available und may be ordered as hardcopy or PDF via the internet. Please see here.
Once again, many thanks to Leopoldina and the authors of the paper.
I hope the recommendation for Germanys' prompt accession to the UNESCO Convention 2001 on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage causes the responsible German Foreign Office to lay the foundations for ratification by the German Bundestag still in the 19th legislative period.
The statement can be accessed by the public at:
Statement on the Response of the German Federal Governmenon the Brief Inquiry on the Handling of Cultural Heritage on Seabed
Never make the same mistakes twice!
Contrary to earlier expectations and aroused hopes, it is not expected that the German Federal Government of the 19th Bundestag session edeavours after the ratification of the UNESCO Convention 2001 on the protection of underwater cultural heritage, let alone the implementation into national legislation.
However, in view of a general implementation into national legislation, we would like to remind a publication recently emerged. On the basis of a fundamental regulatory content analysis of Art. 16 of the convention, the publication clarifies which legal actions the signatories should take for realisation thereon: https://t1p.de/cxvt
On the occasion of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina’s publication of its discussion paper „Traces underwater: Research on and Protection of the Cultural Heritage in the North and Baltic Seas (2019)“, the FDP parliamentary group raised a Brief Inquiry on the Handling of Cultural Heritage on Seabed owards the German Federal Government on March 2, 2020. The answer to the president of the German Bundestag was given by the Foreign Office on March 13, 2020. At first glance, the statement “According to current state of planning, the Federal Government strives for the undersigning of the UNESCO convention on the protection of underwater heritage until the end of the year 2021” appears positive and pleasant. However, at closer look at this statement of intent,...