NEW MAG Spring Bulletin, IKUWA early bird registration, UNESCO Cultural Heritage Database, Heritage at Risk, MoRPHE Courses

Apologies to MAG members for the recent problems with the email updates! Some IT problems meant the mailing list database was lost so we are now working from a backup and hope to replace any missing names from the list soon.

New MAG Spring Bulletin

The latest MAG Bulletin is now available and can be found here!

IKUWA3 Early Bird Discount ends this Friday 6th June!

Under the patronage of UNESCO, the Third International Congress on Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA3), will be held in London this coming July. Organised by the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS), the Institute of Field Archaeologists (IFA), and the Institute of Archaeology University College London (UCL), and supported by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives of NAS, IFA, UCL, DEGUWA, DAI, HWTMA, GSU, Verband der Landesarchaologen, English Heritage, and Historic Scotland, IKUWA3 will be the largest conference on underwater archaeology ever held in Britain. More than 120 papers will be delivered on topics as diverse as:

  • Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology
  • Traditional Indian Boat Carpentry
  • Acoustic Positioning Systems
  • Fresh Water Archaeology
  • Shipwreck Collecting Behaviour
  • Maritime Landscapes
  • Seismic Reconnaissance
  • Managing Underwater Cultural Heritage
  • Integrated teaching and research
  • Ethics and Economics of recovering material from the sea, and much more.

The Congress will take place from the 10th July to 12th July 2008 (official opening evening of the 9th July).

This will be preceded by a 3-day Professional Development Field School from 7th July to 9th July 2008, and followed by a range of optional excursions including a tour of the Mary Rose (13th July 2008).

For more information, please visit the recently updated IKUWA3 website , or to register visit here.

UNESCO Cultural Heritage Database

UNESCO has launched a new online database of cultural heritage laws around the world. Relevant statutes are available for consultation in their original languages and in their official English-language translations.

To date, 757 legislative measures, from 113 UNESCO Member States, have been published on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Laws Database, which has been created to aid international efforts to stem looting, theft and illicit trafficking in cultural property. UNESCO hopes that the database will ‘make it harder for traffickers to claim to be ignorant of the law and thus of the illegal nature of what they are doing’.

Underwater Cultural Heritage is a searchable field!

Heritage at Risk

English Heritage is creating the first all-encompassing register of the country’s neglected or decaying historic treasures and introducing new ways to save them. Its Heritage at Risk project, to be launched on Tuesday 8 July 2008, will make England the only country in Europe to have a comprehensive knowledge of the state of its protected heritage and the analysis to save this precious and finite resource for the future. An article explaining the project in the Times is also available

For more information on this initiative, visit here.

MoRPHE Courses

Details of this years training courses in the guidelines on Management of Research Projects in the Historic Environment are now available . Several places are still available on the Newcastle courses – the 2 hour Familiarisation course on 17th June and the full day Project Managers course on 18th June. MAG members shouldn’t forget: free courses in MoRPHE from English Heritage are only planned for this year and for 2009, and opportunities for future free training are not guaranteed!

Any bookings or enquiries should go to

Other News

Sadly, tragedy has struck an archaeological project on the Elizabethan wreck site in Alderney.

What is possibly the oldest representation of Caesar known has been found by Divers in a river in Southern France.


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