Proceedings of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage

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Proceedings of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage


Dr. Bill Jeffery APCONF Committee Chair and Hong Kong Maritime Museum Director

Dr Le Thi Lien-Senior Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology in Vietnam (VASS)

Dr. Robert Underwood-President, University of Guam


The Asia-Pacific Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage (APCONF) 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.

To further these aims, the third regional conference in Hong Kong in November 2017 has selected the above theme to explore, in a more holistic approach, the incredible landscape and seascape that has been developed from thousands of years of human colonisation, migration, trade and cross-cultural contact in the region.

The APCONF organizing committee have developed a number of sub-themes and session ideas, and will soon be seeking session organizers that will assist in exploring the conference theme.

The sub-themes include:

A Highway and a Crossroads: Voyaging, Colonisation and Cross-Cultural Contacts in Asia-Pacific
Maritime Cultural Landscapes and Seascapes: Interdisciplinary Approaches
UCH in Asia-Pacific: Regional Studies and Projects
UCH Politics, Law, Ethics and Values
Museums, Public Outreach and Conservation
Technological Approaches to Underwater Cultural Heritage and Maritime Archaeology
Nautical Technology in Asia-Pacific

A wide range of people are encouraged to attend including those from universities and other educational institutions, including secondary schools, government agencies, museums, NGOs, IGOs, the private sector and in particular members of the general public.
This conference follows the Inaugural Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) Asia-Pacific Regional Conference hosted by the National Museum of the Philippines, held on November 8-12, 2011 and 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage in Honolulu, Hawaii in May 2014.


The Museum of Underwater Archaeology


28 November 2017

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Dr. Bill Jeffery introduces the conference and the online proceedings.

The Honorable Robert Underwood
The Honorable Robert Underwood is a former Member of the U.S. Congress and is currently the 10th President of the University of Guam. As an educator, he has served as a teacher, school administrator, curriculum writer and administrator at the…

Dr. Le Thi Lien is senior researcher at the Institute of Archaeology (VASS). Her studies focused on Oc Eo culture in southern Vietnam, early cultural exchanges and interaction with Southeast Asia, India and China, and archaeology of the naval battle…
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