International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage

Underwater Cultural Heritage: A Significant Part of the Human Story


The International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH) was founded in 1991 by ICOMOS Australia to promote international cooperation in the protection and management of underwater cultural heritage and to advise the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on issues related to underwater cultural heritage around the world.

ICUCH Activities

Protecting and Promoting the World’s Fragile and Finite Underwater Cultural Heritage for the Benefit of Humanity.

UNESCO 2001 Convention

Protecting and Preserving the World’s Underwater Cultural Heritage for Future Generations.


Statute of the International Scientific Committee ICOMOS – ICUCH.

Underwater Cultural Heritage Webinar Chain

Dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the 2021 UNESCO convention.
December 2020 – December 2021

The members of ICUCH

ICUCH has members from different regions and countries who are experts in underwater archaeology, maritime history, heritage management and related fields.