How China uses shipwrecks to weave a history of seaborne trade that backs up its construction of a new maritime Silk Road

via South China Morning Post, 29 November 2017: The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage is currently underway in Hong Kong, with many participants from Southeast Asia. This report from the SCMP focuses on China’s emerging role as a leader in maritime archaeology and its potential implications for its power.

This week, more than 100 of the region’s leading marine archaeologists from 23 nations convened at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum for the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage. At the opening reception on Monday night, the meteoric rise of China as a force in maritime archaeology was one of the popular topics of discussion.

Source: How China uses shipwrecks to weave a history of seaborne trade that backs up its construction of a new maritime Silk Road

Follow the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage #apconf2017

The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage is currently underway in Hong Kong until the end of the week. If you are on Twitter you can follow the proceedings with the hashtah #apconf2017 (or see the feed below)

Proceedings from the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage online

The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage was held earlier this month in Manila, and the proceedings are now online hosted by the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. You’ll find a number of papers related to underwater and maritime archaeology including one bit of research I was involved in on the rock art of Tham Phrayanaga or Viking Cave in Southern Thailand.

Call for Papers: Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage (Manila, Nov 2011)

Manila and the National Museum of the Philippines is hosting the inaugural Asia-Pacific regional conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage. The deadline for the first call for papers has just passed, but there is a second call whose deadline is on March.

The Asian Academy for Heritage Management warmly invites you to Manila, The Philippines from November 8 – 12 2011 for our inaugural Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage.

This conference aims to:

* exchange and disseminate information about underwater cultural heritage in Asia and the countries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans
* facilitate professional development for underwater archaeologists and underwater cultural heritage managers in the Asia-Pacific region
* provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas about and approaches to underwater cultural heritage and underwater archaeology
* publish the proceedings both online and in print and disseminate to a wide audience

We hope that a wide range of people involved with underwater cultural heritage will attend including those from universities, government agencies, museums, NGOs, IGOs, the private sector and the community.

Full details on the official conference website.