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4th International Congress on Underwater Archaeology

IKUWA 4 - "Managing the Underwater Cultural Heritage"
Zadar 29. 09. - 02. 10. 2011


During September and October of 2011 (29.09. - 02.10.2011) Zadar will play host to the fourth international congress on underwater archaeology (IKUWA 4), to be held under the theme title "Managing the Underwater Cultural Heritage". With the support of UNESCO the congress will be organised by the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, the County of Zadar, the City of Zadar, the University of Zadar, the City of Nin, Archaeological Museum of Zadar and the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar.
IKUWA is an international organisation that organises congresses focused on underwater archaeology, and emerged in response to the need to raise awareness of the importance of underwater cultural heritage in human history, and to create an international regulatory framework for the protection of underwater cultural heritage - which became a reality with the adoption of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. After Sassnitz on the island of Rügen in Germany in 1999, Männedorf near Zurich in Switzerland in 2004 and London, England in 2008, Zadar and Croatia have won the exceptional honour of organising one of the world’s largest underwater archaeology congresses.
More than 400 people from some forty countries are expected to attend the congress. During the four days of the congress lecturers will speak of their visions, achievements and plans for the future related to the management of underwater cultural heritage. Also under discussion will be the legal framework and guidelines for the protection of underwater cultural heritage, the management and presentation of underwater archaeological sites, the development of education and the active involvement of the public in protecting heritage. The congress will be held at the lecture halls of the University of Zadar, and along with oral presentations there will also be presentations of expert panels, exhibitions of photographs and the results of underwater archaeological research, a film festival on topics related to underwater cultural heritage and excursions for congress participants, as well as a course on underwater archaeology organised by the Nautical Archaeological Society of England. Expert literature will also be available for procurement during the congress at specially organised sales points, as will diving equipment closely related to the practical side of underwater research.

More information at: http://www.icua.hr/ikuwa4