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Summary of Beneficiaries (2009-2011)


  • Three annual Foundation Courses on Underwater Cultural Heritage
  • Two Advanced Courses
  • GIS Application in the Management of Underwater Archaeology
  • Advanced Course on In Situ Preservation

76 trainees from 17 countries have completed the courses. 

  • Nine SEA countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei
  • Four South Asian countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • One Central Asian country: Kyrgyzstan
  • Two Oceanic countries: Fiji, Palau
  • One African country: Kenya


Asia-Pacific Regional Field Trainings on Underwater Cultural Heritage

Trainees of the Foundation Course in fieldwork at the Mannok Shipwreck Site, Rayong, Thailand © UNESCO/UAD, Thailand


Location:     Chantaburi, Thailand
Organizers: Ministry of Culture of Thailand  
                       UNESCO Bangkok
Funded by:  The Royal Government of Norway


Under the UNESCO regional project, funded by the Royal Government of Norway, entitled “Safeguarding the Underwater Cultural Heritage of Asia and the Pacific: Building Regional Capacities to Protect and Manage Underwater Archaeological Sites through the Establishment of a Regional Centre of Excellence Field Training Facility and Programme of Instruction,” the Asia-Pacific Regional Field Training Centre on Underwater Cultural Heritage has been established within the precinct of the Underwater Archaeology Division of the Fine Arts Department in Chanthaburi, Thailand. 

The  regional training platform aims to...

  • facilitate and enable the training of underwater archaeological site managers and conservation professions from Asia and the Pacific.

  • provide a system of embedding this training into the national development planning of participating Member States, particularly the national strategy for capacity‐building and human resource development. 

  • focus on the integrated approaches towards the conservation and management of underwater archaeological sites that are participatory and inclusive, and foster social cohesion and peace by promoting intercultural dialogue through the animation of shared heritage. 

The training consists of both theoretical and practical training courses, which will include but not limited to the following fields: 

  • underwater archaeological site inventory and mapping

  • non-invasive techniques of underwater archaeological site identification, inventory and investigation

  • modern methods of maritime archaeological conservation

  • strategies and techniques for preserving artifacts removed from underwater environment

  • museology techniques

  • site monitoring, presentation and protection

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