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First meeting of the network of experts in underwater archaeology from Central and South-Eastern European countries in Zadar - ICUA Zadar, 17 - 18 June 2021


In 2020 the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar launched the initiative to establish a team of experts in underwater archaeology from Central and South-Eastern European countries. The representatives of 16 countries accepted the proposal (Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Republic of Northern Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Turkey), and the first meeting of the new network of experts entitled - Underwater Archaeology Task Team (UATT) - will be held from 17 to 18 June 2021 at the ICUA’s premises.

In order to ensure the public awareness-rising and greater community involvement in identifying and combating the continuing threats to the underwater cultural heritage, ICUA’s intention was to bring together young and eminent experts with purpose of gathering available data on the state, value and context of underwater archaeological heritage in Europe. Special emphasis will be placed on the legacy of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001) with the aim of pooling resources and to profit from experience and from the wide range of available expertise. The main goal of the UATT two-day event will be to define the organizational framework and financing plan, to establish an advisory body and agree on future joint activities and projects related to the protection of underwater cultural heritage.

On the first day, in a roundtable discussion the participants will talk about the situation in each country and results of the research. The debate will be in a virtual environment in order to give the opportunity to those experts who were unable to travel due to circumstances with the pandemic.

On the second day, a dive is planned on the island of Vrgada where they will be able to see the remains of an ancient Roman shipwreck and gain an insight into a rich Croatian cultural and historical heritage testified by numerous underwater archaeological sites.
During the 7th Ministerial Conference of the Council of Ministers of Culture of South-East Europe - Strengthening Culture for Sustainable Development held on 25 May 2021 under the Greek Presidency, the Minister of Culture and Media Nina Obuljen Koržinek welcomed the initiative of the ICUA Zadar and stressed the importance of supporting the UATT project in the protection of underwater cultural heritage to the ministers and senior officials of the CoMoCOSEE member states.

The concept for the establishment of a team of underwater experts was proposed at the Regional Meeting on the Implementation and Ratification of the Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage in Southeast Europe which was held in Zadar from 31 September to 1 October 2014, and organized by the Secretariat of the 2001 Convention and the Centre. On that occasion, the ICUA’s members presented an idea to create a regional expert team, even though with the countries that do not have access to the sea or advanced underwater archaeology but have significant historical contacts.

The mission of ICUA Zadar, UNESCO category 2 centre, 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.




Božidara Petranovića 1

HR-23000 Zadar, Croatia

Tel. 00385/023/250 486

Fax. 00385/023/250 548

E-mail: info@icua.hr

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