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Conference reviews archaeological research outcomes

A conference to update the archaeological research work outcome was held by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS)’s Institute of Archaeology in Hanoi on September 26, gathering many domestic and international scientists.

Speaking at the conference, Dr. Dang Xuan Thanh, Vice President of VASS said the conference has great significance in information exchange, academic debate, and assessment of cultural heritage values.

The VASS highly appreciates the efforts of the Institute of Archaeology and relevant agencies in maintaining this annual activity.

According to Prof. Dr. Bui Van Liem from the Institute of Archaeology, the conference received 360 presentations, including 95 reports on prehistoric archaeology; 206 on historical archaeology; 43 on Champa - Oc Eo civilisation archaeology; 11 on underwater archaeology and five on typical activities of specialised agencies.

These are the results of more than a year of serious activities of the sector, as well as individuals interested in the field, he said.

Many archaeological excavations were carried out in typical sites in the Central Highland province of Dak Nong, the northern province of Bac Ninh, and the central province of Phu Yen,

In particular, members of the Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project (VMAP) have conducted surveys in Quan Lan island of the northeastern coastal province of Quang Ninh. They also carried out the second excavation at Dong Choi monument to clarify its value, contributing to the historical study of this area before Van Don became an international trading port.

The prominent result of the archeological work in 2018-2019 is the five-year excavation cooperation between Vietnam and Russia in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, helping confirm the value of old stone relics in An Khe  - the earliest place where primitive humans appeared in Vietnam.

The findings have contributed to preserving and upholding culture heritage values of the country, said Dr. Nguyen Gia Doi, acting Director of the Institute of Archaeology ./