Indonesia's seas rich in shipwrecks, poor in protection

Sparked by the recent (failed) auction of artefacts from the Cirebon Shipwreck worth US$80 million, this editorial in the Jakarta Post discusses how much more protection is needed from the sunken treasures in Indonesian waters, such as the ratification of the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.

Editorial: Hidden treasures
Jakarta Post, 08 May 2010

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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