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International conference
"Conservation and restoration in underwater archaeology: experiences, methods and new discoveries"
CRUA 2019 Zadar, Croatia from 24th - 26th October 2019

The  International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar (ICUA Zadar) in partnership with the University of Zadar hosted an international conference ‘’Conservation and restoration in underwater archaeology: experiences, methods and new discoveries’’ – CRUA 2019 in Zadar, Croatia from 24th to 26th October 2019.
Welcome addresses were held by the Director of the ICUA Zadar Mr. Mladen Pešić and the Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Culture Mr. Hrvoje Manenica. The conference was opened by Zadar County Prefect Božidar Longin.
The aim of this international conference was to connect conservators and restorers of different countries, to exchange experiences and to bring the importance of preserving and restoring the underwater archaeological findings closer to people.
The Republic of Croatia boasts an extremely rich underwater archaeological heritage that is often lost and destroyed by inadequate handling. It is the task of the conservators and restorers to preserve this heritage so that present and future generations can experience and explore their past through material findings. The 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage is the first multilateral international treaty that systematically and comprehensively addresses the protection of underwater cultural assets. The Republic of Croatia has ratified the Convention as the third country, thereby confirming the importance it attaches to the protection of underwater cultural heritage. The conference presented in an interesting way the path in which certain underwater archaeological finds undergo from the moment of being found under water to being shown to the general public in museum spaces.
The conference was thematically divided into three panels followed by panel discussions within which 21 experts from 11 countries took part (Slovenia, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Portugal, USA, Colombia, Republic of Korea and Croatia).
Professors from the Conservation and Restoration Department of the Arts Academy in Split Mr. Filip Rogošić, Ms. Miona Miliša and Mr. Siniša Bizjak, the representative of the Sisak Municipal Museum, conservator-restorer Mr. Neven Peko, and  conservator–restorer in the ICUA Restoration and Conservation Department Ms. Anita Jelić participated as Croatian representatives.
Keynote speakers were Mr. Quoc Khoi Tran (ARC-Nucléart, CEA, France), Ms. Barbara Davidde (High Institute for Conservation and Restoration, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Italy), Mr. Jean-Bernard Memet (A-CORROS Expertises, France) and Mr. Peter D. Fix (Texas A&M University, USA).
The first day of the conference was held on Thursday, October 24th 2019 at St. Nicholas church. Eleven lecturers took part in two panels entitled In situ preservation of underwater archaeological materials and sites  and  Application of new materials and technologies for conservation practice and continued review of established methods. The lectures focused on different conservation experiences and methods that have already been developed and are being applied worldwide.
After the lectures ended, for the participants of the conference was organized a tour of the ICUA Gallery of underwater archaeology and a visit to the ICUA’s workshops.
The second day the conference was held on Friday, October 25th 2019 at the University of Zadar. The Vice Rector for Development Strategy and Publishing Professor Josip Faričić, Ph.D. welcomed the audience on behalf of the University’s Rector Prof. Diana Vican, Ph.D.
Within the panel entitled Relevant case studies in the conservation of underwater archaeological finds ten lecturers took part. This was an opportunity to listen interesting presentations about the conservation of underwater heritage, its protection and possibilities of today’s technology that facilitates the discovery and access to underwater cultural heritage. A poster presentations were organized in poster session comprising 12 posters from 6 countries (Slovenia, Germany, Greece, China, Mexico and Croatia), thus showcasing interesting, innovative and current conservation research and practice.
On Saturday, October 26th 2019 a visit to Nin and the guided tour of the Museum of Nin Antiquities were organized. The international conference was financed by the Croatian Ministry of Culture and was held under the patronage of the Zadar County.

By organizing a two-day international conference, the Centre's primary mission was accomplished, and it is to develop international professional and scientific cooperation and education, sharing experiences as well as connecting experts from different countries in the field of conservation and restoration of underwater archaeological heritage. Following the basic principles of the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, ICUA Zadar as the UNESCO category 2 centre, continued to promote the value and protection of all cultural property in the Republic of Croatia.

 

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