Maritime Forum

Maritime Forum Themes


UNESCO regional Meeting for Europe on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage

Event date:
14/12/2011 - 11:00 to 15/12/2011 - 11:00
Table of Contents


    Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium

    15 December 2011



    Provisional Agenda



    Thursday  15 December 2011


    Invited countries: EU countries and EU candidate countries


    8.30 am


    Underwater Cultural Heritage in Belgium

    H.E. Geert Bourgeois, Flemish Minister for Immovable Heritage, Belgium

    9 am

    The UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001)

    Ulrike Guerin, UNESCO, Programme Specialist

    9.30 am

    Integrated maritime governance and policy in the European Union

    Iain Shepherd, DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission

    10 am

    Legal issues of the protection of underwater cultural heritage in Europe and the compatibility of the 2001 Convention with UNCLOS

    Mariano Aznar, Spain

    10.20 am

    Europe’s interest in ratifying the 2001 UNESCO Convention

    Michel L’Hour, DRASSM, France

    Robert Yorke, Joint Nautical Archaeology Policy Committee, UK

    11 am

    Europe’s abundant underwater cultural heritage: quantifying and qualifying submerged archaeological sites

    Mark Dunkley, English Heritage, UK

    11.20 am

    The European submerged continental shelf

    Nicolas Flemming, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK

    11.40 am

    Underwater cultural heritage in Europe: threats and chances

    Friedrich Lüth, German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Germany

    12 pm


    Opportunities arising from the valorisation of underwater cultural heritage for national economies and cultural identities

    Philip Robertson, Historic Scotland, UK

    12.20 pm

    Innovative ways of presenting and disseminating knowledge about the underwater cultural heritage

    Garry Momber, Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology, UK

    12.40 pm

    Making a statement for heritage preservation: ratifying the 2001 Convention

    David Blackman, University of Oxford, UK

    1 pm

    Lunch Break

    2 pm

    Country roundtable



    Friday 16 December 2011 – Optional visit to the medieval cog workshop in Antwerp

    In 2000 and 2002, two wooden wrecks were found in the harbour of Antwerp during the construction of the Deurganckdock. Specialists soon identified these wrecks as medieval cogs. Cogs are the typical large merchantmen from the time in which the Flemish cities had their economic height. The first cog, is one of the most complete of all medieval shipwrecks ever found in Europe. At the time of the finding there was very limited time to do research on site. Therefore every plank and timber had to be disassembled and was put in a container with water to prevent it from rotting. In total 455 timbers of both cogs were placed in 33 containers. The Flemish Heritage Institute (VIOE) started its multidisciplinary research in the summer of 2010 at the Flanders Hydraulics Research (Waterbouwkundig Laboratorium) in Borgerhout, Antwerp.