Maritime Forum

UNESCO REGIONAL MEETING ON THE PROTECTION OF THE UNDERWATER CULTURAL HERITAGE

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


    Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium

    15 December 2011


    PROVISIONAL AGENDA

    Thursday 15 December 2011


    8.30 am Opening


    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 and the compatibility

    of the 2001 Convention with UNCLOS


    Mariano Aznar, Professor of Public International Law, University Jaume I of

    Castellón, 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 The abundance of underwater cultural heritage: quantifying and qualifying

    submerged archaeological sites


    Mark Dunkley, English Heritage, UK


    11.20 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.