The underwater excavation of archaeological sites is often associated with treasure hunting. But such sand- or silt-covered remains represent a wealth greater than the material: the history of humankind in all its diversity.
This current issue of Museum International discusses site exploration as well as preservation, highlighting maintenance in situ. It takes stock of technological innovations for conserving submerged objects, and cautions against the dangers of commercially exploiting underwater cultural heritage.
Attention is also given to the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage: its benefits along with the challenges still to be met.
Finally, this issue explores some new perspectives opened up by underwater cultural heritage on the theory and practice of protection itself.
MOTS CLES · Archéologie subaquatique · Patrimoine culturel · Sauvegarde des biens culturels