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Hanoi, Viet Nam 2005 - the 2nd AAHM Field School

Conservation and Presentation of Archaeological Heritage in an Urban Context


Architectural Research Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam


1-12 December 2005


Hanoi Architectural Research Institute (Vietnam)
Deakin University (Australia)

Hanoi Architectural University (Vietnam)

The twelve-day course offered 20 staff and advanced students from member institutions of the Asian Academy the opportunity to study heritage conservation with the guidance of leading experts in this field.
Ba Dinh, the recently-excavated archaeological site embedded in the rapidly changing urban landscape of Hanoi, provided a challenging case study for this Field School. It served as a test sample of how to implement integrated conservation management in an urban context. Both Ba Dinh archaeological site, as well as the adjacent to it 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. Interdisciplinary approach was again the key at the Field School.
Besides lectures on the topics ranging from conservation legislation to community involvement, case studies, field trips to heritage sites in Hanoi, the highlight of the Field School was the sharing of the group results with the local decision makers.
The objective of the Field School exercise was to develop a conservation plan for the archaeological site of Ba Dinh. Drawing on the experience from other heritage sites across the region, the participants jointly developed approaches of how the cultural heritage values of the Ba Dinh archaeological site can be preserved and communicated best.

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