In november 2001 after many years of discussion the unesco convention on protection of the underwater cultural heritage was adopted patrick okeefe has now revised and updated his original article by article commentary on this convention providing background information and insights into the thinking behind the provisions. For many millennia waters have separated but also connected civilizations they have been the carriers of countless human adventures some of the traces of the travelers warriors or merchants have found their final resting place on the bottom of oceans rivers and lakes. Okeefe p j shipwrecked heritage a commentary on the unesco convention on underwater cultural heritage patrick j okeefe honorary professor university of queensland institute of art and law crickadarn builth wells uk 2014 australian harvard citation. Settled in the two main international marine conventions 2 the 1982 united nations convention on the law of the sea 1982 unclos and the unite d nations educational scientific and cultural organization unesco convention on the protection of the underwater cultural heritage 2001 convention. The convention on the protection of the underwater cultural heritage is a treaty that was adopted on 2 november 2001 by the general conference of the united nations educational scientific and cultural organization unesco the convention is intended to protect all traces of human existence having a cultural historical or archaeological character which have been under water for over 100
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