International agreement for the conservation of cultural heritage

The agreement between the Clemson University Warren Lasch Conservation Center (South Carolina, United States) and the Externado de Colombia Cultural Heritage Studies Faculty seeks to provide tools for the preservation of archaeological terrestrial and underwater cultural heritage.

The alliance aims to offer recommendations for the design and implementation of a state-of-the-art facility specializing in the conservation of underwater archaeological heritage. The two institutions will collaborate in establishing ethical conservation protocols for maritime cultural material.

The agreement specifies that the research carried out by the two institutions will offer a guidelines and recommendations proposal for the construction of an infrastructure devoted to the protection of the underwater cultural heritage of an 18th-century shipwreck found in Bocachica, Cartagena de Indias.

According to the document, exchange of experiences in Archaeology and conservation of archaeological heritage will be promoted, as well as collaborative participation in spaces for the dissemination of common interest projects carried out by the University.

Clemson University will provide expertise in the acquisition and use of equipment. Conversely, it will provide advice on sustainable practices for specialized conservation of submerged Archaeology.

The memorandum of understanding is valid for five years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.