Vietnamese archaeologists cooperate with French museum

Archaeologists from the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology will be working with the National Guimet Museum in France to investigate some 5,000 artifacts left behind by a French historian.

14 December 2006 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – Archaeologists from the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology will be working with the National Guimet Museum in France to investigate some 5,000 artifacts left behind by a French historian.

Vietnamese archaeologists cooperate with French museum

The Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology and the National Guimet Museum of Asian Arts of France have agreed on a long-term cooperation and study programme.

During a week-long working visit to the Guimet Museum in France starting on Dec. 6, Vietnamese archaeologists joined with Guimet experts in evaluating more than 5,500 Vietnamese artifacts collected by historian Henri Maspero.

Donated to the Guimet Museum after Henri Maspero’s death, the artifacts include bricks, tiles, architectural decorations, ceramic, porcelains and steel objects from different locations in Ha Noi between 1920-1930.

The Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology and the National Guimet Museum of Asian Arts agreed to work together to shed light on the historical and cultural values as well as the origin and age of these artifacts.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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