Public lecture: Historical geography in Central Vietnam

Vietnamese archaeologist Tran Ky-Phuong will give a public lecture later this month as part of the Singapore National Library’s Lee Kong Chian Fellowship series.

Interactions between Upland and Lowland by ‘Riverine Exchange Network’:
A Reference to the Historical Geography in Central Vietnam

Because of its unique geographical location in the sea trade route between South and East Asia, Central Vietnam was influenced by both the Chinese and Indian cultures from 500BC to 100AD and during the pre-historical time of the Sa Huynh culture.

This talk will touch on how the local Vietnamese used their knowledge of the natural resources to build a trade network based on the main rivers of this area, establishing port-cities/entrepots along the coast that played an important role in the ‘silk road of the sea’ for thousands of years in Southeast Asia.

Join Mr. Tran Ky-Phuong, an archaeologist and art historian who is also a Senior Researcher Fellow of the Vietnam Association for Ethnic Minorities’ Culture and Art as he takes us through a discourse on this interesting phenomenon.

For registration, please log on to ; closing date for registration is 15 June 2008.

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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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