A feature on the underwater archaeology of Quang Ngai province, where the Binh Chau district is particularly rich with underwater remains. There are aspirations to developing eco-tourism incorporating the maritime archaeology of the area, but the salvaging and sale of artefacts remain a problem
Fresh out of the underwater archaeology conference in Quang Ngai Province comes more reports of looting of shipwrecks by locals – as much as two tonnes of coins have already been removed illegally.
Vietnam salvager says ancient coins looted from shipwreck
Thanh Nien News, 28 October 2014
Another story from last week’s underwater archaeology conference, talking about the shipwrecks found in the Quang Ngai waters and the site visit to Binh Chau.
10 ancient ships found in Binh Chau waters: archaeologists
Vietnam Net, 20 October 2014
A couple of news stories arising from the underwater archaeology symposium in Quang Ngai city last week; one is about the symposium, while the other is about an associated exhibition at the Quang Ngai Museum featuring finds salvaged from the waters in the area.
The article about the conference quotes Prof Staniforth as saying that Vietnam needs a younger generation of underwater archaeologists to be trained, but I think the journalist missed the bigger point that he was trying to make. Prof. Staniforth also stressed that governments needed to be more committed in underwater archaeologists, in both the training, as well as in the legislative and enforcement frameworks for protecting underwater heritage. It is interesting to note that a number of the shipwreck finds from Vietnam are in the hands of private collectors now, being sold in markets like Singapore.
VN needs young underwater archaeologists
Vietnam Net, 17 October 2014
Quang Ngai boasts potential for underwater cultural heritage sites
Saigon Giai Phong, 17 October 2014
This week I am reporting from Quang Ngai City in Central Vietnam, for the Southeast Asian underwater archaeology conference. The conference started today with a field trip to the Ly Son Islands to look at some of the local heritage sites.
A number of ceramics and stone artefacts have been discovered by divers in Ly Son at Quang Ngai Province. I’m sure more information about this will be announced at next week’s underwater archaeology conference.
Vestiges of two ancient shipwrecks discovered in Ly Son
Vietnam Net, 03 October 2014
A feature of the first Vietnamese excavation of a shipwreck – the country’s oldest, estimated to be about 700 years old. Thanks to Veronica Walker-Vadillo for the link!
Tuoi Tre News has a three-part feature on underwater archaeology in Vietnam.
‘Cemetery’ of ancient shipwrecks in Quang Ngai
Tuoi Tre News, 11 June 2013
Drying up the sea to find shipwrecked antiques
Tuoi Tre News, 13 June 2013
A compilation of underwater archaeological finds found in the waters of Vietnam in recent years.
Fishermen, unhappy because they were prevented from recovering artefacts from a shipwreck in Quang Ngai province, express their displeasure by attacking the policemen guarding the wreck.
People stone policemen to prevent exploration of ancient wreck
Vietnam Net, 15 October 2012
Finders should be keepers: Vietnamese fight for right to loot sunken ship
Thanh Nien New, 14 October 2012