Maritime Claims and Underwater Archaeology – When History Meets Politics

10.11.2021
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Time: Thu, Nov 25, 3:00pm–5:00pm
Zoom address: https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/67933064932
Meeting ID: 679 3306 4932

Prof. Mariano Aznar Gomez (University Jaume I, Castellón, Spain): Maritime Claims and Underwater Archaeology – When History Meets Politics

To what extent can underwater archeology and underwater cultural heritage support a maritime claim by a State? Many States have plausibly extended their maritime legislative and executive jurisdiction to the outer limit of the contiguous zone to better protect underwater cultural heritage. However, some states —like Canada in the Arctic, China in the South China Sea or Russia in Crimea— are going farther claiming sovereignty over disputed maritime areas or, even, the high seas.

Prof. Mariano Aznar Gomez's book, aimed at internationalists and archaeologists, tries to critically assess these recent practices from a legal, historical and ethical perspective, reviewing this search for buried sovereignty.

Chairs: Emilia Mataix Ferrándiz and Verónica Walker-Vadillo