ICOMOS ISC on Polar Heritage (IPHC) Consultation Draft "Antarctic Archaeological Guidelines"

Dear Presidents of ICOMOS International Scientific Committees

It is with great pleasure that I attach the consultation draft of the International Polar Heritage Committee’s Antarctic Archaeological Guidelines for your consideration.

Archaeologists and heritage specialists working in the Antarctic are practicing in the context of the Antarctic Treaty, a unique system aimed at the consensual governance and cooperative management of Antarctica by Treaty parties as a continent of peace and science. This work is of course informed by a number of existing international principles, guidelines and best-practice documents that have been developed by a range of bodies, and which are of varying applicability to polar archaeological research and the associated ongoing conservation and management of heritage sites in polar regions.

In developing the attached Guidelines the IPHC has looked carefully at this body of existing international work, particularly the ICOMOS Charter for the Protection and management of the Archaeological Heritage, and the Charter for the protection and management of Underwater cultural heritage, and has adopted those elements that are relevant to polar work, and identify specific issues facing Antarctic archaeology that would benefit from additional guidance. This exposure draft addresses the unusual contexts of governance, isolation and related logistical challenges, and climatic extremes facing archaeology and heritage conservation in Antarctica.

The IPHC welcomes any comments you might wish to make on the attached consultation draft Antarctic Archaeological Guidelines, so that we can produce an ICOMOS document that is applicable in Antarctica.

Comments can be sent to Bryan Lintott (IPHC Secretary General) at Этот адрес электронной почты защищён от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра. by 31 December 2019.

Yours sincerely

Michael Pearson

Dr Michael Pearson AO

President, ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee