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Field Schools

Hanoi 2005


This year's Field School will focus on the archaeological site of Ba Dinh and Thang Long Imperial Citadel in downtown Hanoi. It will provide the opportunity to study heritage conservation in real-life situations with the guidance of leading experts in this field. The curriculum will be divided into lectures, group work and field trips and address integrated conservation management systems, participatory models and heritage interpretation.

Ba Dinh, the recently-excavated archaeological site embedded in the rapidly changing urban landscape of Hanoi, will provide a challenging case study for this Field School. It will serve as a test sample of how to implement integrated conservation management in an urban context. With its various archaeological layers illustrating a span of 1,300 years of urban development, the Ba Dinh site features a high historical value and outstanding cultural significance. This refers in equal measure to the adjacent ancient citadel of Thang Long where relicts from the dynasties of Ly, Tran and Le have been discovered. Both Ba Dinh archaeological site as well as the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long provide an invaluable record of Vietnamese history and, at the same time, demonstrate the complexity that arises from participatory heritage planning.

The Field School's theme responds to the urgent need to build capacity in the management and interpretation of large heritage sites. Under the guidance of ICCROM and UNESCO, this twelve-day Field School will be jointly organized by the Architectural Research Institute, Hanoi Architectural University and Deakin University, Australia.