History and Current Status of Underwater
Cultural Heritage in Cambodia

Dublin Core


History and Current Status of Underwater
Cultural Heritage in Cambodia


Session 12
Some Challenges and Issues in Underwater Cultural Heritage in Southeast Asia


Since early times, waterways have been important elements for communication and the most reliable form of transportation providing passage for the movement of people, trade and culture. The first glimpses into the maritime past of Cambodia begin from the legend of the founding of the Khmer Kingdom of which there are various versions. Archaeological evidence of Cambodia’s maritime past can be seen submerged in its waterways. For example, a shipwreck loaded with artifacts was recently discovered in territory of the Cambodian sea. Many other wrecks have been reported along the various inland waterways of the country, and have yet to be examined.

It is only now, however, that Cambodia is beginning to progress and build its capacity in maritime archaeology, after the country became the first, and only, Southeast Asian Country to ratify the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. This paper seeks to present a description of important recent works carried out in the whole country, particularly the survey, as well as define gaps relating to the preservation and management of maritime archaeological resources.


Nady Phann


November 2011



Nady Phann , “History and Current Status of Underwater
Cultural Heritage in Cambodia,” The MUA Collection, accessed June 23, 2021, http://www.themua.org/collections/items/show/1265.

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