The Sacred and Cultural Maritime Sites of Fiji-An Inventory in the Making

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Title

The Sacred and Cultural Maritime Sites of Fiji-An Inventory in the Making

Description

The Fiji Museum Archaeology Department, since 2015, has begun inventorying the different underwater and maritime sites in Fiji. Ratification of the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage and review of the legislation on the Preservation of Objects of Archaeological and Palaeontological Interest Act (Chapter 264) has had little fruition due to limitations in manpower and resources. The Fiji Museum has however taken first steps towards realizing the amendment of the legislation by developing and drafting an overarching policy for the institution. The Fiji Museum continues to deliberate on the draft policy encompassing all aspects of its services, which includes underwater and maritime cultural heritage sites, to ensure that Fiji’s cultural heritage is protected. This paper will elaborate on the different types of underwater/maritime cultural heritage sites in Fiji and the inventory process of documenting and creating a database, including challenges and opportunities. It will highlight the importance of the database in assisting the Fiji Museum in its work to raise awareness and provide advice to Government and relevant authorities in the respect, preservation and protection of these submerged historical treasures. The paper will also highlight the various agencies with common goals to protect underwater cultural sites and discuss the importance of interagency collaboration.

Creator

Elia Nakoro

Publisher

The Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Date

11/24/2017

Rights

Elia Nakoro

Files

Nakoro FINAL.pdf

Citation


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