Archaeologists discuss how best to preserve and study Thang Long Citadel

As mentioned last week, a conference of scholars from around the world have met in Hanoi to discuss how best to study and preserve the royal citadel of Thang Long, in the heart of Hanoi. Vietnam has nominated the citadel for inclusion into the world heritage list in time for its 1,000-year anniversary, but from the many issues raised by the conference participants, it is clear that much research needs to be done and more actions are needed to stabilise and protect the site.

Scientists puzzle over Hanoi’s Royal Citadel
Thanh Nien News, 27 November 2008

Scientists from all around the world gathered in Hanoi this week to discuss the best way to preserve the Thang Long Royal Citadel, the political, cultural and trade center of Vietnam for 1,300 years.

Archeologists have been excavating the citadel, in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District, for around six years. They have uncovered structures and artifacts dating back to between the seventh and 18th centuries.
The two-day international conference, which began on Monday, gathered scientists who had worked at the site, including academics from Holland, Belgium, Japan, China, Chinese Taiwan and Vietnam.

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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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