Divers getting ready to survey Bãi Ông site. Source: Pornnatcha Sankhaprasit

Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project 2018

Agni Sesaria Mochtar, Pornnatcha Sankhaprasit, Jonnah Marie Dagaas, Sokha Tep


This essay is a compilation of photographs from the Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project (VMAP) 2018. From 26 January to 11 February 2018, four students/professionals from Southeast Asian countries joined VMAP funded by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA). They were Agni Mochtar (Flinders University/Indonesia), Jonnah Marie Dagaas (University of the Philippines), Pornnatcha Sankhaprasit (Underwater Archaeology Division/Thailand), and Tep Sokha (Department of Archaeology and Prehistory/Cambodia). VMAP’s first project was in 2008 and this year the field school was a joint project with Flinders University. The fieldwork took place in two of the World Heritage Sites in Vietnam, Huế Imperial City and Hội An Ancient Town, and in the Marine Protected Area at Cù Lao Chàm. The four participants worked in international groups with other trainees to learn about maritime archaeology in Vietnam through a combination of terrestrial and maritime-based activities. These activities included marine geophysics training (side scan sonar survey), a diving project, a cannon-recording project, and a traditional boat-recording project.


Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project; Vietnam; maritime archaeology; Huế; Hoi An; Cù Lao Chàm; field school

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26721/spafajournal.v2i0.589


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