The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) training project in Vietnam

Introduction

The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) training project in Vietnam is designed to increase awareness at local, provincial and national levels about the extent and nature of Vietnam’s underwater and maritime cultural heritage as well as about underwater and maritime archaeology. With the assistance of partners, sponsors and contributors, it is hoped that NAS training can be provided free of charge to Vietnamese students, government agency personnel, archaeologists and others in order to raise awareness about underwater cultural heritage and maritime archaeology in Vietnam, which will help Vietnam to preserve and protect its underwater cultural heritage. At this stage it has only been possible to arrange for the translation of three sessions (sessions 1 to 3) of the Introduction course into Vietnamese but it is hoped that a full and complete translation into Vietnamese will be possible in the future.

2013 NAS training

Early in 2013 NAS granted an NAS International license to the Institute of Archaeology (IA) in Vietnam AT NO COST (worth more than 1,000 Euros). The NAS Senior Tutor for Vietnam will be Professor Mark Staniforth with assistance from Dr Jun Kimura and others who will be involved in the NAS training. The NAS license will run for 5 years from 1 April 2013 until 1 April 2017 and we look forward to working on this important initiative.

Thanks to the Hoi An People’s Committee, which has agreed to sponsor NAS training at Hoi An in November 2013, an NAS Introduction course (1 day) will take place on 6 November followed by an NAS Part 1 course (2 day) on 7 and 8 November. To allow the training to take place the Hoi An People’s Committee will provide a venue at no charge as well as free accommodation and transport (worth more than 1,000 Euros). The training team will include Mark Staniforth (Monash University) and Jun Kimura (Murdoch University) as well as Dr Le Thi Lien and Pham Thanh Son from the Institute of Archaeology in Hanoi.

Source: Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project Center

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