Offbeat in Arles, the antiquity museum alerts to a threatened heritage: the treasures of the underwater funds

18:50  19 november  2022
18:50  19 november  2022 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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The Arles ancient museum offers an exhibition until February 2023 entitled "Treasures of the bottom of the seas" to raise public on a heritage in danger.

  À Arles, le musée des antiquités alerte sur un patrimoine menacé : les trésors des fonds sous-marins © provided by Franceinfo

The Museum of Antiquities of Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône) presents until February 20, 2023 its brand new exhibition dedicated to the underwater archalogical heritage. Treasures from the bottom of the seas often threatened by various environmental or human factors.

Fantasy or reality

Formidable dream machines, the wrecks have continued to feed the imagination of treasures of treasures like that of novelists, designers or directors. Designed to deconstruct the fantasized myth of the engulfed treasures, the scenography of the exhibition leads the visitor through a visual and sound immersive course.

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From prehistory to the Second World War, more than 300 objects are to be discovered in a trip deep from French maritime waters. All these treasures are the fruit of underwater and submarine archaeological research. There are of course magnificent pieces like this bronze ephebe, but these discoveries remain anecdotal for archaeologists. "Most of the time, there are wrecks of ships which are rarely loaded with treasures but rather modest cargoes such as amphorae for antiquity. We will also find wrecks of world sub-conflicts and due to the rise in the Sea You can also find swallowed sites and even forests, "explains Sabrina Marlier, exhibition commissioner at the Arles Antique museum.

through the presentation of ten archaeological sites and the discovery of isolated objects (golden torque, military helmet, coal brick ...), the reality of immersed heritage is revealed in all its diversity. "What we really want to show here is that treasures are not the intrinsic value of objects but the knowledge they will bring us on the history of humanity", details the still 'Expert.

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According to UNESCO, 100,000 wrecks rest in French waters.

Protected heritage

However, many risks weigh on this archaeological heritage. There is the natural threat (such as corrosion or alteration), but also the environmental threat linked to the rise in sea level, the erosion of the coasts and the multiplication of storms

but the main enemy of these treasures, comes in large part of man. Chaloutage, coastal arrangements, or the looting of maritime cultural goods by collectors, F have weighing increasingly significant and increasing pressure. As such, L A UNESCO Convention of 2001 on the protection of underwater cultural heritage must make it possible to strengthen the safeguard of submerged sites around the world and to raise awareness of good practices. "Sanctions are planned for those who criminalize our heritage in a criminal way", underlines Jean-Marc Perrin, departmental advisor delegated to archeology.

Exhibition "The treasures at the bottom of the seas" until February 20, 2023 at the Arles Ancient Museum.

Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday

Prices: C Permanent Ollections + Exhibition: € 8- € 5 / free for children under 18, students, job seekers, people with disabilities. ..

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