The 11th century boat in the muuseum of Nin

Underwater cultural heritage in Europe today

An international conference "Underwater cultural heritage in Europe today“ took place in October 25-27, 2018 in Zadar (Croatia), on the occasion of European year of cultural heritage. The purpose of the conference was to bring together the practice and the regulative framework of underwater archaeology in Europe.

The organiser of the conference, International Centre for Underwater Archaeology (ICUA) is situated in a beautiful Adriatic coastal town called Zadar, that among ohter touristic attractions provides opportunities to dive into the warm turquoise sea and visit all the well preserved historical shipwrecks.

Specialists working in ICUA Zadar are focused not only on conserving artefacts that have been found underground and underwater, but also organise training school for underwater archaeologists.

The first day of the conference was held in the Medieval St Nicholas church in the heart of Zadar and dealt with the practice of underwater archaeology – from excavations to exhibitions in museums.

The second day of the conference took place in the Rector’s Palace, where the legislation and diving regulation was presented by the government officials invited from ten European countries. Estonia was represented by the BalticRIM Project partner Krista Karro (Estonian National Heritage Board). An important part of the Estonian presentation was the role of projects, including BaltcRIM as the flagship project of the European year of cultural heritage, in implementing regulation over diving to cultural heritage sites. From the Baltic Sea Region also Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish governments were represented.

The programme of the conference can be found here

The last day led the delegates in the little town of Nin, where the practice of conservation technology of ICUA could be witnessed on a shipwreck from the 11th century.

To conclude, the conference gave a good oportunity to learn about the experience of other countries in managing their underwater cultural heritage sites, that could be used in accomplishing the goals of the BalticRIM project.


Pic.1. Poster of the conference

Banner photo: The 11th century boat in the muuseum of Nin.

Author: Krista Karro, Estonian National Heritage Board.

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