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UH Manoa to host Asia-Pacific conference on underwater cultural heritage

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Contact:
Talia Ogliore, (808) 956-4531
Public Information Officer, Vice Chancellor for Research
Brian Fahy
Publicity Lead, Asia-Pacific Conf. on Underwater Cultural Heritage
Posted: May 7, 2014

Diver investigates a cultural heritage site (photo courtesy NMSF).
Diver investigates a cultural heritage site (photo courtesy NMSF).
Dr. James Delgado, Director of the Maritime Heritage Program for NOAA.
Dr. James Delgado, Director of the Maritime Heritage Program for NOAA.
Dr. Sayan Praicharnjit from the Centre for Community Archaeology Research and Development, Thailand.
Dr. Sayan Praicharnjit from the Centre for Community Archaeology Research and Development, Thailand.

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) and the University of Hawaiʻi Marine Option Program have jointly announced that the second Asia-Pacific Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage will be held at the UH Mānoa campus from May 12-16, 2014. The public is invited to attend two free keynote speaker events as part of this international conference.

The APCONF conference aims to:

  • Address management and protection strategies of underwater cultural heritage in Asia and the countries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans in the 21st Century.
  • Facilitate regional cooperation through the development of academic and governmental networks in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Provide a forum for discussion of technical and ethical issues related to underwater cultural heritage and underwater archaeology.

A wide range of people involved with underwater cultural heritage are encouraged to attend, including those from universities, government agencies, museums, non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, the private sector and the community.

On Tuesday, May 13, at 9:15 a.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom, Dr. James Delgado, Director of the Maritime Heritage Program for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will present a free public keynote speech, "The Pacific as a Maritime Cultural Landscape."

On Wednesday, May 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom, Dr. Sayan Praicharnjit from the Centre for Community Archaeology Research and Development in Thailand will present a free public keynote speech, "The Community Archaeology Process as a Means Towards Sustainable Management of Maritime Cultural Heritage; a Proposal to Thailand and Other Countries."

Additional sponsors of the conference include NOAA Maritime Heritage Program, The Ocean Foundation, Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management, The Wenner Gren Foundation, University of Hawaiʻi, The Field Museum, SEAMEO SPAFA, Ships of Discovery, UNESCO and the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology.

For more information, visit: http://www.apconf.org/