UNESCO concerned about damage to underwater archaeological site of the San José shipwreck in Panama

14 Dec 2015 10:01 AM | Anonymous

UNESCO concerned about damage to underwater archaeological site of the San José shipwreck in Panama

Paris, 11 December—The commercial exploitation of the wreck of the 17th century Spanish galleon San José, situated off the shores of Panama, failed to meet scientific standards causing considerable damage to its archaeological site, according to a report by UNESCO experts who visited the site in Las Perlas Archipelago.

The government of Panama voiced concern about the preservation of the site and invited the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body of UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage to send experts to Las Perlas. The experts visited the site in July and October this year and assessed activities undertaken since 2003 as part of the commercial exploitation of the galleon. 

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