THE AGREEMENT of a Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, (UNESCO), may not help museums gain access to treasures from shipwrecks and sunken buildings, specialists in the UK have claimed.

This international treaty, passed at UNESCO's recent general conference, seeks to prevent the pillaging of submarine archeological sites for commercial gain, but it also tells governments to give priority to the preservation of heritage on the sea bed, ...

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