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Research and protection of maritime cultural heritage

10 June 2019
Review of "In Poseidon's Realm XXIV"

1. The abstracts with all contributions

2. the report of the conference, written by Luisa Goldammer, Anne-Kathrin Piele, Thomas Reiser and Anja Rutter

3. more photos are available here.




The NAS – DEGUWA Partnership is as strong as ever
Report by NAS Education Officer Peter Knott


The Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Unterwasserarchäologie e.V. (DEGUWA) was one of the Nautical Archaeology Society’s (NAS) first International Training Partners and several decades later these two organisations are still working together to promote and protect underwater archaeology.

This was recently demonstrated at the DEGUWA conference ‘In Poseidon’s Realm XXIV’ held in Bodrum Turkey in April 2019 when NAS ran a tutor information session about their International Education Programme. This presentation, by the NAS’s Education Officer Peta Knott, was well attended and half the audience comprised enthusiastic DEGUWA members and tutors. They were all keen to hear about the recently revised Education Programme in the United Kingdom to see if it would be of use to their organisation. Since first becoming International Training Partners, DEGUWA have been teaching interested divers a German version of the NAS syllabus. These recreational divers have been trained in practical archaeological skills that allow them to carefully record underwater sites paired with a theoretical understanding of why it is important that these wrecks are preserved. Without these citizen scientists, it would not be possible to investigate and protect the vast number of underwater sites that are part of all our heritage.

Into the future, it looks like these underwater sites are in good hands, with DEGUWA tutors keen to update their training programme and make it available to as many divers as possible. And so the DEGUWA – NAS partnership will continue as they work together to provide quality archaeological training for divers and opportunities for them to record and protect our collective underwater cultural heritage.





DEGUWA Conference visiting Bodrum


On the occasion of the international conference "In Poseidon's Realm XXIV. Contact Zones: Archaeology between Water and Land, Coasts, Lake and River Shores" (10 – 14 April 2019), the delegations of the event partners DEGUWA, Academia Mediterranea Halicarnassensis, City of Bodrum and Dokuz Eylül University Izmir had been welcomed by Mr. Ahmed Aras, Mayor of the City of Bodrum, in the Bodrum town hall.

During the following discussion, the newly elected Mayor caught up on the content of the conference, underwater archaeology in general and the protection of the underwater cultural heritage. Further discussion topics were inter alia the importance of the cultural heritages Maussolleion and the „Pater Historiae“ Herodotos for Bodrum.

Jointly, the attendees agreed that the important cultural heritage of the city and the surrounding area should be conveyed better towards the public. The conference would make a contribution thereto.

(Reference to the Turkish article on our conference in Arkeolojk Haber.)




Will the Federal Foreign Office create the ratification of the UNESCO Convention for the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage by 2019?
Read the conference report by Anne Kathrin Piele on the "Underwater Cultural Heritage Forum. International Forum on Heritage under Water" on 4 December 2018 at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.






 
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