International conference Underwater cultural heritage in Europe today International centre for underwater archaeology in Zadar, 24th - 27th October 2018

By organizing a two-day international conference "Underwater Cultural Heritage in Europe Today" under the auspices of UNESCO's Director-General Ms. Audray Azoulay, the International Centre for Underwater Archeology in Zadar has joined a number of Croatian and European institutions in marking the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 thus putting a cultural heritage in the center of attention. The event was attended by 24 experts and representatives of European institutions from 13 countries.


crkva sv. nikole luka beki otvara kongres
Church of St. Nicholas, Luka Bekić is opening the conference

The first day of the conference was held on Thursday, October 25th 2018 at the former church of St. Nicholas. This was an opportunity for international experts (Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, Great Britain, France, Italy, Hungary, Greece, Slovenia) to present their interesting lectures on the rich underwater heritage, its preservation, valorization, presentation and popularization as well as the availability of advanced technology that enhances discovery of and access to underwater cultural heritage. The cultural heritage is recognized as an important factor of national identification and represents a long-term resource for sustainable development. The participants were also presented the ICUA’s documentary film "Preservation of the Underwater Heritage" on the tradition of studying marine heritage in the Republic of Croatia, the progress achieved in recent years in the implementation of a quality field surveys, research and protection of underwater archeological sites and the work of the Center itself.


crkva sv. nikole predavanje mladena peia sudionici kongresa razgledaju galeriju podvodne arheologije mcpa
Church of St. Nicholas, lecture presented by Mladen Pešić Conference participants are visiting Gallery of underwater Archaeology in ICUA

On the second day Friday, October 26th 2018 the Assistant Minister of Culture Mr. Hrvoje Manenica opened an International Meeting at the Concert Hall of the Rector's Palace. Welcome addresses were held by a Director of the ICUA Zadar Mr. Luka Bekić, Zadar Deputy Mayor Ms. Jagoda Surać, Head of the European Commission Representation in Croatia Mr. Branko Baričević, Assistant Minister for Multilateral Affairs and Global Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Mr. Mario Horvatić and the Head of the UNESCO Regional Office in Sarajevo Mr. Siniša Šešum. The meeting was devoted to the implementation of the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. A representative of the Central Office of UNESCO in Paris Ms. Ulrike Guérin in her lecture invited the UN Member States to sign and ratify 2001 Convention (so far 60 States parties).
On Saturday, October 27th 2018 a visit to Nin and the Museum of Nin Antiquities was organized with the guidance of Ms. Anita Jelić and Ms. Marina Šimičić. They presented a project for reconservation of old Croatian ships Condura Croatica.

predavanja u kneevoj palai kneeva palaa predavanje ulrike guerin
Lectures at the Rector's Palace Rector's Palace, presentation by Ulrike Guérin


By organizing a two-day international conference the ICUA Zadar realized its main task which is the transfer of available professional and scientific information between Croatian archaeologists and experts from abroad. Likewise, the desire to encourage various archaeological researches, the comprehensive valorization of archaeological monumental heritage and the adequate incorporation of archeology into the society as a whole have been confirmed. The mission of MCPA Zadar will continue to be a care for the systematic and quality development of the archaeological profession both at the national level and in the context of the European environment.


muzej ninskih starina zajednika fotografija trg pet bunara zadar
Museum of Nin Antiquities Group photo, Five Wells Square in Zadar