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Jakarta Post

The race to preserve shipwrecks, artifacts

  • Andrea Booth


Jakarta   /   Tue, May 18 2010   /  08:47 am

Lack of finance, technology and trained divers, the attempt to sell sunken artifacts  — not to mention looters — appear to be hindering the potential to conserve Indonesia’s abundant underwater heritage, a topic under hot discussion of late.Conserving history: A diver from the PBA team explores a shipwreck located in the waters off Menjangan Kecil Island on one of the archaeological expeditions conducted in 2010. — Underwater Heritage Program Directorate/Adhi PerwiraThe Underwater Heritage Program Directorate (PBA) under the Culture and Tourism Ministry’s Directorate General of History and Archaeology is keen to set up a system to overcome these challenges.“Our objective is to preserve these culturally valuable remnants of our past,” Gunawan, chief director of the PBA said. The directorate recently conducted five dives over 10 days to recover artifacts in the Karimunja...