Evidence of early humans unearthed

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Source: Vietnam Net 20190405
Source: Vietnam Net 20190405

via Viet Nam Net, 05 April 2019: Results from a Russian-Vietnamese investigation of the An Khe site in Gia Lai province.

Over 1,000 stone objects and 600 pieces of meteorite dating back 800,000 years have been unearthed at archaeological sites in An Khe, the central highlands province of Gia Lai.

The results of the dig were announced at an international workshop gathering 200 international scholars held at the site at the end of March.

Over the past five years, archaeologists from the Viet Nam Archaeology Institute and Russia Science Academy have discovered 24 Paleolithic sites, four of which have been excavated, including Go Da, Roc Tung 1, Roc Tung 4 and Roc Tung 7.

Russian experts brought the meteorite home and conducted further analysis. They found that the meteorite samples gathered at the Go Da site (An Binh Ward) were around 806,000 years old and samples from Roc Tung 1 dated back 782,000 years.

Source: Evidence of early humans unearthed – News VietNamNet

Dong Son-era bronze drum found in Lao Cai

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Dong Son drum found in Lao Cai province. Source: Viet Nam Net, 20190402
Dong Son drum found in Lao Cai province. Source: Viet Nam Net, 20190402
Dong Son drum found in Lao Cai province. Source: Viet Nam Net, 20190402

via Viet Nam Net, 02 Apr 2019:

A relatively intact bronze drum, believed to belong to the Dong Son civilization, was recently discovered in Bao Thang district, the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai.

The drum, 0.63 metres in diameter and 38 cm in height, was found at a household in Ta Thang hamlet, Gia Phu commune on March 28, according to the provincial museum.

A number of antiques such as bones and bronze axes were also excavated at the site

Source: Dong Son-era bronze drum found in Lao Cai – News VietNamNet

Remnants of 10th century pagoda unearthed

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Scientists search the Xuan Dai Mountain site. They have uncovered big stones that served as Thong Pagoda’s foundation. Source: Vietnam Plus 20190305
Scientists search the Xuan Dai Mountain site. They have uncovered big stones that served as Thong Pagoda’s foundation. Source: Vietnam Plus 20190305
Scientists search the Xuan Dai Mountain site. They have uncovered big stones that served as Thong Pagoda’s foundation. Source: Vietnam Plus 20190305

via Vietnam Plus, 05 March 2019:

Remnants of the foundations of a 10th century pagoda in Xuan Dai Mountain, Vinh Loc district, the central province of Thanh Hoa, have just been excavated.

The results have been announced recently by scientists from Ho Citadel Heritage Preservation Centre and the Vietnam Archaeology Institute.

At an excavation site on the mountainside behind Vinh Ninh Primary School, archaeologists discovered four layers of foundations constructed from large stones. Most of the stones remain in their original places, arranged in a line running east to west. Some of them fell out of line.

Source: Remnants of 10th century pagoda unearthed | Vietnam+ (VietnamPlus)

Towering success: scientists work on My Son relics

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Restoration of My Son Sanctuary. Source: Vietnam Net, 20190202
Restoration of My Son Sanctuary. Source: Vietnam Net, 20190202

via Vietnam Net, 02 Feb 2019: An update of the restoration work on the My Son Towers by the Italian conservation team.

The current restoration process is regarded as a transition in the application of research on the construction materials as well as archaeological methods in restoring the Cham towers in My Son, members of the team said at a workshop held recently in the central province of Quang Nam.

The workshop focused on highlighting the effectiveness of the technical process used on tower E7 and tower group G. This is regarded as evidence of the efficient co-operation between the UN culture agency UNESCO, Vietnam and Italy.

Phan Ho, director of the My Son relic management board, confirmed the effectiveness of technical solutions that have been used to restore Cham towers in Vietnam, particularly those in My Son, saying that thanks to the restoration process, the relics were stable and had avoided further deterioration, and the towers should withstand the impacts of both humans and the elements.

Source: Towering success: scientists work on My Son relics – News VietNamNet

Ho Chi Minh City solicits expert advice on preserving valuable old buildings

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Source: Tuoi Tre News, 20181202

via Tuoi Tre News, 2 December 2018:

Source: Tuoi Tre News, 20181202

Source: Tuoi Tre News, 20181202

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City sought expert advice on preserving decades-old buildings of architectural and historical importance against an urbanization backdrop by holding a workshop attended by domestic and foreign experts on Tuesday.

The workshop aimed to collect views and experience concerning architectural planning and utilize them as a reference point in rehabilitating valuable structures of a city where the French once left their construction footprints.

The event was jointly organized by the architectural research center – a unit of the municipal Department of Planning and Architecture – and Minerva Joint Stock Company.

Source: Ho Chi Minh City solicits expert advice on preserving valuable old buildings – Tuoi Tre News

[Conference] Traditional pottery art of Cham People: Preservation and Development

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Deadline is in a few days!

Pottery of Cham people in Bau Truc village (Palei Hamu Craok), Ninh Thuan province, is a kind of ancient pottery art in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. To preserve and promote this inherited property in the era of international integration, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism issued Document No. 2527/BVHTTDL-DSVH dated June 11, 2018; and the People’s Committee of Ninh Thuan province issued Document No. 3511/KH-UBND dated August 16, 2018 to proceed the plan of “Creating a profile of the Traditional pottery art of Cham People to submit to UNESCO to be introduced in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritages that needs urgent safeguarding”.

To implement the above plan, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and People’s Committee of Ninh Thuan province will co-organize a national and international conference on ” Traditional pottery art of Cham People: Preservation and Development “.

  1. CONTENT

The conference will focus on the following key issues:

  1. Identifying the ceramic heritage of Cham people in Vietnam and its typical values

– Identifying cultural heritage of pottery art of Cham people in Vietnam (including Cham Bau Truc pottery art  in Ninh Thuan province and Binh Duc pottery art in Binh Thuan province);

– Characteristics of traditional pottery art of Cham people and the influence of this heritage;

– Position, roles, and economic, cultural and social functions of Cham pottery art  in the communities;

2. The relationship between Cham and Churu ceramics with other pottery art centers in Vietnam and Asia

– Similarities and differences in form, artwork and customs and traditions associated with pottery and traditional pottery villages;

– Similarities and differences between the traditional pottery art of Cham people with other traditional ceramics in Vietnam and some countries in the world;

– The role and position of Cham ceramics in the maritime trade network and in the context of economic and cultural exchanges with countries in Southeast Asia in particular and Asia in general in history.

3. Status of Cham ceramics heritage, necessity and urgent measures of protection; Experience from some pottery villages in the world

– The status of the traditional pottery art of Cham people and the socio-economic issues affecting the vitality of the heritage;

– Cham pottery  villages in the system of craft villages in Vietnam;

– The need to protect the traditional pottery art  of Cham people; the community of Cham people to protect and promote the traditional art of making potteries;

– Experience in developing policies and legal rights for traditional handicraft artisans;

– Direction of the state and possible measures to protect the traditional pottery art of Cham people;

– Experience in planning, preserving and developing pottery villages in some Asian countries;

– International experience in preserving and developing pottery villages and in traditional handicraft villages in general;

– Experience in developing tourism in trade villages in some Asian countries.

II. TIME, VENUE AND HONORARIUM FOR PRESENTERS

1. Time – December 8- 9, 2018 (including a field trip).

2. Venue – Phan Rang – Thap Cham city, Ninh Thuan province, Vietnam

3. Honorarium for presenters– The cost of travel and accommodation for presenters and authors (including domestic and international guests) will be covered by the Organizing Committee.

III. PAPER FORMAT AND PAPER SUBMISSION

1. Paper format

– Language: Vietnamese and English

– Papers should be limited to a maximum of 15 pages, typed in Times New Roman, size 13 on A4 paper; spaced 1.5 centimeters,  Top: 1.5 centimeters; Bottom: 1.5 centimeters, Left: 3.5 centimeters, Right: 1.5 centimeters, Header: 1.25 centimeters, Footer: 1.25 centimeters.

– The paper includes an abstract of about 200 – 250 words; Keywords: 3 – 5 words, sorted in alphabetical order.

– A biography of the author (to be introduced at the conference and printed in the conference proceedings) should include the following information:Name/ Title / Degree / Year of graduation / Awarded by/Research interest or field of expertise / Institution /3 typical publications in the last 3 years

– The article should be divided into subsections numbered and printed as follows:

1, 2; 1.1, 1.2; 1.1.1, 1.1.2 and no further subdivision. Subsection title should be short, with no punctuation.

– Quotations should be in quotation marks, not in italics. Annotations are put in the bottom of the page. Type of material quotation: author, year of publication in parentheses (…), name of the work (italic), publisher’s shortcut, publication place (full, not abbreviated, e.g. Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, volume (abbreviated: p., v.), Page number (abbreviated in p.). Example:Van Mon (2001), Traditional pottery art of Cham People in Bau Truc – Ninh Thuan, Information Publishing House, Hanoi, p. 53.Ha Van Tan (2000), Village, Inter-village, Super-village (Thinking about Methods), in History Faculty of University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi National University, A Milestone of Historical Research (1995-2000), National Political Publishing House, Hanoi, p. 54.

– References are listed at the end of the article, numbered in order, sorted by author name in alphabetical order.

– Name of the author, academic title, institution, address, telephone number and e-mail address should be written under the article for further communication.

– The paper will be edited by a Review Panel. Satisfactory papers will be selected to be published into a reference book.
2. Time of submission– Abstracts and Biography: By November 1, 2018 – Full paper: By November 25, 2018

  1. Contact information

– Biography, abstract and full papers to be sent to:

+ Mr. Ho Si Son, Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Ninh Thuan province; Tel: 0259 352 0000; Mobile: 090 799 7468; Email: hosyson1973@gmail.com

+ Dr. Dinh Van Hanh, Branch of Vietnam Institute of National Culture and Art in Ho Chi Minh City, 61 Mac Dinh Chi, Da Kao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; Tel: 0982 955 009; 028 3822 7529. Email: dinhvanhanh@yahoo.com

+ Ass. Prof. Dr. Truong Van Mon, University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Vietnam National University. Ho Chi Minh City, 10-12 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; Tel: 097 272 3302; Email: Vanmonsakaya@yahoo.com.

 

On behalf of the Organizing Committee

CO-CHAIR
Le Van BinhVice
Chairman of the People’s Committee of  Ninh Thuan province

Prehistoric vestiges unearthed in Vietnam

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Source: Viet Nam Express. 20181007

via Viet Nam Express, 07 October 2018:

Source: Viet Nam Express. 20181007

Source: Viet Nam Express. 20181007

Archeologists believe they have uncovered evidence that caves in northern Vietnam were home to prehistoric people 4,000 years ago.
Relics dating back to that time were found in three caves located in Chiem Hoa District, Tuyen Quang Province.

Trinh Nang Chung of the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology led the excavations that led to the finding of relics in Pu Chua Cave of Minh Quang Commune and Ngan and Khi Caves of Phuc Son Commune last July.

Source: Prehistoric vestiges unearthed in Vietnam – VnExpress International

Opportunity: Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project Lead Archaeologist

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Not a paid job, but an opportunity to work in Vietnam for established researchers who have their own funding.

Role: Lead Archaeologist (academic)
Where: Minh Chau on Quan Lan Island in Vietnam
When: April 2019

Costs: Successful applicant must pay for their own air fares and a $1000USD participation fee which covers all costs for the field work (food, accommodation, transport and to assist the Vietnamese participants).
Grant available: See MaP fund details for criteria .

Partners: The Lead Archaeologist will operate in collaboration with the Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project, the Institute of Archaeology Hanoi, the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and the provincial and communal governments in the Quang Ninh province and will be operating under a MOU.

Scope of works: Are you an institute (academic) based archaeologist looking to gain an entry into SE Asian archaeology? VMAP is searching for a Lead Archaeologist for test excavations (5 X 2m) at the estimated 3000 BP site located by VMAP at Minh Chau on Quan Lan Island in Vietnam in 2018. The Lead Archaeologist will be supported in the excavations by the VMAP (Terrestrial) team. The Lead Archaeologist may be given the option of continuing work at Minh Chau in future years with an expectation this will become an important excavation.

Further details: Contact the project coordinator
Bob Sheppard 0407770139 (Australia) or bob@heritagedetection.com.au
Applications close 15 October 2018.

Hue hosts 21st Congress of Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association

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via Viet Nam Net, 25 September 2018: A news mention about the IPPA congress going on this week, where I have been following up on the latest archaeological developments in the region and catching up with old and new friends. You can follow the live twitter coverage here.

Stone axes found in the Central Highlands in 2016 believed to date back to the pre-Epipaleolithic era. Source: Viet Nam Net 20180925

Stone axes found in the Central Highlands in 2016 believed to date back to the pre-Epipaleolithic era. Source: Viet Nam Net 20180925

The 21st Congress of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA) has opened in the former imperial city of Hue in central Thua Thien-Hue province, bringing together 700 archeologists from 35 countries, including the host Vietnam.

The six-day congress will continue until September 28, with several separate topic meetings as well as visits to relics built by the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) in Hue.

IPPA Secretary-General Ian Lilley said the congress would be a chance for archeologists around the world to gain a deeper understanding of the progress of archeology in the Indo-Pacific region.

Source: Hue hosts 21st Congress of Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association – News VietNamNet

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