The management of underwater sites and conservation of underwater archaeological heritage are areas of increasing attention. The UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage establishes that the preferred option is the in-situ conservation of underwater archaeological heritage, rather than excavation and the removal of the objects.

In 2001, the ISCR initiated a programme for the research and development of instruments, materials, methodologies and techniques for the in-situ restoration and conservation of submerged archaeological materials.

The course objective is to introduce issues and provide indications on the conservation of underwater archaeological heritage, including methods of underwater excavation, techniques of recovery and first-response interventions, and the methods, materials and instruments for conservation-restoration in underwater situations.

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