emergency relief in Galle, Sri Lanka
With 25,000 euro provided by Cultural Emergency Response (CER) the team
of Sri Lankan underwater archaeological experts in Galle can resume
its work. In Galle, 23,000 houses were destroyed and in the context
of the current relief effort, it is impossible to provide accommodation
for people from out of town, like the experts, in the short term. If
the team does not stay together in Galle, the future of the Maritime
Archaeological Unit and underwater archaeology in Sri Lanka will be
endangered. The discipline is important not just for Dutch-Sri Lankan
heritage, but other shared histories too.
donation not only means that the team can be housed, but moreover allows
the experts-divers and curators-to commence the professional retrieval
of artefacts including the canon and anchor of the 'Avondster'. Appropriate
containers with lids will be purchased; recovered objects need to be
conserved in fresh water in closed containers to prevent health risks.
Open, stagnant fresh water is the habitat of the ' zebra mosquito' that
can transfer breakbone fever.
further information and visual material for the press, contact:
Cultural Emergency Response, Prince Claus Fund, Lieke Vervoorn,
Tel +31 (0)70.427.4303