At the conclusion of the 2013 NAS training in Vinh city, Nghe An province. From left to right - Sean Adams, Sarah Ward, Mark Staniforth and Hoang Thi Quyen Anh, Vice Director of the Culture, Sport and Tourist Department of Nghe An province (photo by Bui Van Hieu).

2013 NAS training

Early in 2013 NAS granted an NAS International license to the Institute of Archaeology (IA) in Vietnam AT NO COST (worth more than 1,000 Euros). The NAS Senior Tutor for Vietnam will be Professor Mark Staniforth with assistance from Dr Jun Kimura and others who will be involved in the NAS training. The NAS license will run for 5 years from 1 April 2013 until 1 April 2017 and we look forward to working on this important initiative.

From Tuesday 14 October to Saturday 19 October 2013 a small team of researchers and NAS trainers travelled to Vinh city in Nghe An province. The team comprised of Bui Van Hieu from the Institute of Archaeology in Hanoi, Professor Mark Staniforth from Monash University in Australia, Sarah Ward from ArchaeoMar Australasia and Sean Adams from the Institute for Nautical Archaeology, based in Canada. The aims of this trip were to to raise awareness about underwater archaeology in Nghe An Province and to undertake further fieldwork survey on the shipwreck located in the Lam River near Vinh, Nghe An Province. Despite a typhoon which disrupted our plans we managed to conduct a Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) Introduction to Maritime Archaeology training course (1 day) in Vinh city on Thursday 16 October and conducted practical training for Nghe An Museum staff related to underwater archaeology and waterlogged archaeological artefacts on the afternoon of Friday 17 October.

Thanks to the Hoi An People's Committee, which agreed to sponsor NAS training at Hoi An in November 2013, an NAS Introduction courses (1 day) took place on 7 November followed by an NAS Part 1 course (2 day) on 8 and 9 November. To allow the training to take place the Hoi An People's Committee provided a venue at no charge as well as free accommodation and transport (worth more than 1,000 Euros). The training team included Mark Staniforth (Monash University) and Jun Kimura (Murdoch University) as well as Dr Le Thi Lien and Bui Van Hieu from the Institute of Archaeology in Hanoi. In addition an anonymous donor has agreed to provide US$2,000 towards the additional costs (such as four return airfares from Hanoi to Da Nang) associated with conducting NAS training in Hoi An. Thank you!