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Galle, Sri Lanka 2007 - the 3rd AAHM Field School

Cultural Impact Assessment & Maritime Archaeology


Galle, Sri Lanka


1-9 April 2007


Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology of the University of Kelaniya (Sri Lanka)
Central Cultural Fund (Sri Lanka)
Flinders University (Australia)

The Field School offered 18 staff and advanced students from AAHM member institutions from 8 countries the opportunity to study heritage conservation with the guidance of leading experts in this field. The maritime site of Galle, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988 for its outstanding architectural value showcasing interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions, provided the real-life context for the training. The curriculum of the 9-day Field School consisted of lectures on topics ranging from conservation legislation to underwater archaeology, group work, field trips to heritage sites in Galle as well as diving sessions at several underwater heritage sites in the bay of Galle.

Within the framework of integrated conservation management and with particular regard to the development plan for the expansion of the Galle port, the participants of the Field School conducted a cultural impact assessment of the site that, besides built heritage, included living and underwater cultural heritage. The results of the Field School were presented to Sri Lankan and international representatives from national archaeological organizations and national agencies responsible for the protection of coastline and marine resources at the opening of the Regional Experts Meeting and the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage in Galle.

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AAHM would like to express its thanks to the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) for their generous support of the 2007 Field School.