Much needed for underwater archaeology in Vietnam

Prof Nguyen Tac An, formerly of the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography, comments about what’s needed in order for underwater archaeology in Vietnam to develop.

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Source: Vietnam Net 20140319

East Sea archaeology, why not?
Vietnam Net, 19 March 2014

Prof. Dr. of Science Nguyen Tac An, former Head of the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography, said in 1992, when he was at work, the institute carried out a lot of contracts on salvaging ships on the East Sea. Some scientific discoveries were made during the process, but they have never been made public.

According to An, Vietnam still does not think of developing the underwater archeology science. This explains other countries are prevailing over Vietnam in the field.

There are two main reasons behind this – the limited long term vision, the lack of modern equipments and trained workforce.

China has recently announced that its first underwater archaeology ship would be put into operation on the territorial waters around the Vietnamese Hoang Sa archipelago in May 2014.

Full story here.

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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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