Part of the NAS training awards ceremony at the conclusion of the 2012 NAS training in Hanoi (photo by Jun Kimura).

2012 NAS training

In 2012 the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) gave permission for a pilot program of NAS training to be conducted (at no cost) on a “one-off” basis in November/December 2012. The Institute of Archaeology (IA) agreed to host the three days of NAS training including providing morning and afternoon tea (at no cost) in the lecture theatre of their building at 61 Phan Chu Trinh in Hanoi. IA advertised and promoted the NAS training courses through their network of contacts and at conferences. IA also provided three staff who were able to act as interpreters (English to Vietnamese) on a rotational basis during the NAS Training courses. The NAS training was timed to coincide with, and to capitalize on, the presence in Vietnam of qualified and experienced maritime archaeologists on an annual basis for the Bach Dang and Van Don Battlefield Research project. Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) training was conducted at the Institute of Archaeology building in Hanoi, Vietnam over a three-day period during November/December of 2012.

The NAS Introduction course in Hanoi in 2012 (photo by Mark Staniforth, courtesy of the Bach Dang River and Van Don Research Team)

Professor Tong Trung Tin, Director of the Institute of Archaeology in Vietnam opened the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) Introduction Course (1 day) at the Institute of Archaeology building in Hanoi on Thursday 29 November 2 012. The Introduction course was followed by a 2-day Part 1 NAS training course and 34 people from the Institute of Archaeology (IA) and national, provincial and district government as well as museums, from as far away as Vung Tau in the southern part of Vietnam, attended the two training courses. The NAS training courses were given by Professor Mark Staniforth (Monash University), Dr Jun Kimura (Murdoch University), Dr Le Thi Lien (Institute of Archaeology) and Nguyen Duc Tang from the UNESCO Hanoi office.

Dr Le Thi Lien giving a lecture in the NAS Introduction course (photo by Mark Staniforth, courtesy of the Bach Dang River and Van Don Research Team)

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