Monday, November 15, 2010

Special thanks to Massimiliano Secci, Deciana Speckmann, and Mark Staniforth for sending in news items.

1.Dutch hand over priceless ship artifacts” [official repatriation of the Dutch ANCODS collection eventuated on 9 November 2010]:<< [see Aussie Berth]

2. Radio interviews on Western Australia’s Dutch East India Company Shipwrecks [in Dutch]: [with Robert Parthesius] [with Wendy van Duivenvoorde]

3. Conference announcement: The Inaugural Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM), Asia-Pacific regional conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage. Hosted by The National Museum of the Philippines and the University of the Philippines, from 8 to 12 November 2011 in Manila, Philippines. More information will follow soon.

The 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (UNESCO Convention 2001) entered into force on 2 January 2009 and provides the basis for international cooperation and exchange of knowledge about underwater cultural heritage. Recent decades have witnessed an expansion of activity directed at underwater cultural heritage which has raised awareness of the potential and importance of this heritage. There has also been a realization of the threats to this material from human activities and natural action, sea-level rise and erosion, increased development, industrial extraction, exploitation of marine resources and SCUBA diving activities which are all contributing to damage and loss. This period of relatively rapid change has increased pressure on governments, heritage groups and agencies, coastal zone managers, diving groups and other users to formulate an approach to managing the underwater cultural heritage. This conference will provide an opportunity to exchange and disseminate information about underwater cultural heritage and underwater/maritime archaeology from the countries of Asia, the countries around the Indian Ocean from South Africa, the coast of East Africa, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, Indian subcontinent and South East-Asia and the  bordering the Pacific Ocean from Australia, New Zealand, the west coast of the USA, Canada, Latin and South America including all of the island nations of the Pacific.

4. Two whales, 400 years apart:

5. $800 Beer made with ice from Antarctica [Perth, Australia, local news]:

6. Lost ship’s legend lives on [sinking of the ore carrier “Edmund Fitzgerald”]:,0,1056840.story

7. Old shipwreck washed ashore at Sleeping Bear Dunes:

8. What the storm washed up in Two Harbors was not the “Ely”:

9. Stone age etchings found in Amazon basin as river levels fall :

10. Brockville’s sunken treasures :

11. Rare pistol uncovered in 18th Century shipwreck :

12. Found after 300 years, the scourge of the British navy:

13. Post-graduate course in underwater and coastal landscape archaeology at the University of Sassari in Italy:

14. Odyssey arguments scheduled in Black Swan shipwreck case [commercial salvage]:

15. Treasure hunt:


Dr.  Wendy van Duivenvoorde