The Balearic Institute of Maritime Archaeology (IBEAM) in collaboration with the Formentera Council invites the scientific community to submit contributions, to the 1st International Symposium of Conservation for Underwater Archaeology (ISCUA) ‘Preserving the invisible’ which will be held in Formentera (Balearic Islands, Spain) between the 20th to the 22nd of September 2019.

ISCUA will serve as a platform to disseminate leading research in the preservation of our Maritime Cultural Heritage. This Symposium aims to continue with the training of the youngest generations in the field, as well as to create future links between different institutions and invited specialists.

The call for papers is already closed. 


1. The in situ preservation. Conservation, Management and Protection Strategies of Underwater Archaeological Sites.
UNESCO defines the in situ preservation as a core rule in the the protection of underwater cultural heritage shall be considered as the first option. Without a strategy for preservation constantly refreshed by new data and challenged by new questions, we are in danger of saving the wrong things.
This session explore the criteria for the in situ conservation, selection of sites to be conserved, and the sense of various methodologies and techniques.
2. Applying new digital methodology for the Conservation & Diffusion of Underwater Archaeological Heritage. Nowadays, new technologies and innovations are constantly applied in the conservation and restoration of the Underwater Archaeological Heritage. This session wants to show all those advances in the different projects that incorporate these methodologies. This session aims to update the application of digital technologies, allowing the discussion between professionals not only from a research approach but also as a tool for general public engagement.
3. Past - Present and Future of applying treatments to the Conservation & Restoration of underwater archaeological materials. Conservation and restoration in Underwater Archaeology is a relatively new field. Experimentation and definition of treatments applied to materials from underwater provenance plays a pivotal role for the discipline that have permitted an important improvement over the last years. This session aims to analyse and discuss the history of restoration and conservation. This session focus into show problems and advantages of treatments and experiences from the past, those ones currently in use and new proposals for the future.
4. New techniques and materials applying to the conservation & restoration of underwater materials. As part of the group of sessions, we make a call for those research that are specifically working in new treatments applied to underwater archaeological sites. We invite to those laboratories that work with materials from underwater provenance to present their advances. This is an opportunity to show how innovative treatments, including new materials and techniques, are extremely important to understand the direction and criteria behind nowadays projects.
5. Archaeometry and conservation science application. This session put attention to the use of methods of the natural science for exploring the chemical reactions, new materials, or data important for understanding historical background of the artifacts. The session is crucial for the topic of the conference due to the necessity of discussion about the alteration happening due to the alkaline conditions, chlorides or some other particular condition present on the underwater archaeological sites.

Scientific Committee

Enrique Aragón Núñez (Flinders University, Australia), Katarina Batur (University of Zadar, Croatia), Antonija Jozić (ICUA, Croatia), Dr. Rodrigo Torres (CIPAC, Uruguay), Andrea Sanz Catalá (IBEAM, Spain), Lluisa Matas Vilaró (GE-IIC, Spain), Victoria Folgueira (ACRE, Spain), Soledad Díaz Martínez (IPCE, Spain), Dra. Adelphine Bonneau (University of Oxford,UK), Frederique Nicot (Moira Conservation, France), Coordinator: Javier Rodríguez Pandozi(IBEAM,Spain)

Important Dates:

Deadlines for abstracts: 31st May, 2019

Notification of acceptance: 1st June, 2019

Deadline for registration: 1st August, 2019

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