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UNITWIN Network of Underwater Archaeology

UNESCO has for a long term endeavored to foster underwater archaeology, research and capacity building in the framework of its 2001 Convention. The 2001 Convention on the protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage improves the protection and research of submerged archaeological sites.

Now UNESCO has established a new University Twinning Programme (Unitwin) for Underwater Archaeology. It shall bring together universities teaching underwater archaeology and increase their cooperation.

The main objectives of the Cooperation Programme are to:

  • promote research, training, information and documentation in the field of archaeology related to underwater cultural heritage;
  • create an academic training network tasked with harmonizing teaching schedules and programmes;
  • set up a common web portal to facilitate knowledge and information-sharing; organize regional and international conferences and seminars to promote the discipline and advance innovative research;
  • carry out joint research projects; encourage inter-university cooperation; and, promote awareness on underwater cultural heritage and influencing cultural heritage policies.

The Universities that are part of the UNITWIN Network as Full Members are:


The Associate Members of the UNITWIN Network are:

The Recognized partners of the UNITWIN Network are:

Lead Institution: Flinders University, South Australia
Contact: Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde and Dr Jonathan Benjamin, Coordinators

Flinders University; Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law; Department of Archaeology, Adelaide, South Australia

Phone Numbers: +61 8 82015195, +61 8 82015875


UNITWIN Network Website

UNESCO Contact: Ulrike Guerin, CLT/HER/CHP, u.guerin(at)unesco.org

1st Meeting of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology took place on 16-19 May, 2013 in Kemer, Antalya, Turkey.

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