Underwater Archaeology Department at IA established!
I am very happy to inform you that the new Underwater Archaeology Department of the Institute of Archaeology (In Vietnamese: Phòng Khảo cổ học Dưới nước) formally started operations from the 1st July, 2013, with the Decision No. 141/QĐ-KCH, dated on the 25th June, 2013 which nominated Dr. Le Thi Lien as Head of the Underwater Archaeology Department.
In the first period of establishment, the main functions of the Department are:
1) Surveys, rescue excavations and inventory of underwater archaeological sites in Vietnam;
2) Research on underwater archaeological sites and artifacts, and related documents to improve the knowledge on maritime history, history of cultural exchanges and trade on the sea around Vietnam;
3) International cooperation in research and training programs, and in capacity building activities for Vietnamese underwater archaeology;
4) In collaboration with the Journal “Khao co hoc” for the publication of papers on underwater archaeology.