Update: 20/09/2018 08:03:00



(Hue City, September 22, 2018) With the permission of ThuaThien Hue Provincial People's Committee, the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre (HMCC) joins with the Institute of Archaeology and the Vietnam Academy of Social Science to co-organize the 21st Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA) Congress.

The 2018 Congress coincides with the 25th anniversary of the inscription of the Complex of Hue Monuments World Heritage site, Vietnam’s first World Heritage property.

The IPPA Congress is the largest conference in the world dedicated to archaeology in the Indo-Pacific region. The Hue meeting has attracted more than 700 distinguished researchers and advanced postgraduate students from 35 countries including Vietnam.

The main Congress program includes over 500 scholarly papers in about 50 sessions over four presentation days, starting Monday 24 September and finishing Friday 28 September.

These papers will cover a very wide variety of topics, including the archaeological past from the most ancient sites of humans living in the Indo-Pacific region to much more recent historical times, as well as new theoretical approaches and highly technical issues of fieldwork and laboratory analysis.

Other papers will discuss important issues in cultural heritage protection, including community engagement and education strategies in addition to innovative approaches to the physical conservation of monuments and sites.

On Sunday 23 September, the official Congress opening day, there are special presentations by IPPA’s new Co-Presidents, Dr Phan Thanh Hải (HMCC) and Dr Nguyen Giang Hai (Institute of Archaeology). Dr Phan Thanh Hải will discuss the “Royal Tombs of Nguyen Dynasty in Huế”, and Dr Nguyen Giang Hai will talk about “Recent Researches on Vietnamese Archaeology”.

The new Co-Presidents will remain in office until the next IPPA Congress, to be held in four years’ time in a place that will be decided after the Hue meeting has finished.

The first three plenary papers on the opening day concern the spread of the earliest modern humans across east and southeast Asia and into Australia and nearby islands; a discussion of how archaeologists should approach the recent historical past; and consideration of doing archaeology in Southeast Asia in the 21stCentury.

The other three plenary papers pay our deep respects to the late Professor Ian Glover, of the world-renowned Institute of Archaeology at University College, London. Long a leader in Southeast Asian archaeology and a valued lifetime member of IPPA, Ian died in April this year.

After the plenary presentations have concluded, delegates and honoured guests will enjoy a Gala Opening Dinner at the Huong Giang Hotel, sponsored by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre.

In the evening of Monday 24 September, delegates from the Philippines who are contributing to one of the academic sessions will give a short presentation of music and dance from their homeland.

IPPA will hold its official business meeting in the evening of Tuesday 25 September, when matters concerning the Association and its members will be discussed.

In the middle Wednesday of the Congress, there is the traditional IPPA tour day. The break in the middle of the Congress is to give delegates time for rest and recreation during the intensive academic program. The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre has generously organised free entry and guided tours for all delegates.

This tour program will give delegates the opportunity to visit the famous Hue Monuments in and around the city. IPPA’s international experts on archaeology and cultural heritage will be able to witness the excellent state of the monuments thanks to Vietnam’s tireless conservation efforts over the decades.

After the final presentations have finished, delegates and honoured guests will enjoy a Gala Opening Dinner at the Huong Giang Hotel, sponsored by the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology.

The co-organizers would like to acknowledge the other sponsors of the Congress, including the WennerGren Foundation and the Granucci Fund, both of which provide assistance for student delegates, and the well-known radiocarbon-dating service Beta Analytic.

We also thank the National Geographic Society (NGS), which has long funded and reported on the research that many IPPA members undertake. The NGS is attending the Congress to discuss other ways it can cooperate with IPPA to strengthen research in Indo-Pacific archaeology and heritage in the future.

We also thank the Huong Giang Hotel and the Century Riverside Hotel deserve warm praise for their excellent support as Congress venues.



The Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA, website: the peak regional body for archaeology and archaeological heritage. The organisation was founded in Java in 1929. It became the Far-Eastern Prehistory Association in Manila in 1953 and then the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association in Nice, France, in 1976.

The Association’s objectives are to

·       promote cooperation in the study of the prehistory of eastern Asia (east of 70o longitude) and the Pacific region

·       maintain scholarly communication through regular congresses, communications, and the Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology

·       uphold ethical standards in prehistorical research.

IPPA holds an international congress every four years. Recent congresses have been held in the Malaysia (1998), Taiwan (2002), Philippines (2006), Vietnam (2009) and Cambodia (2014). IPPA also produces the international peer-reviewed online Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology (

Contact Professor Ian Lilley, IPPA Secretary-General (

The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre (HMCC, website: was founded in 1982. Administratively under the control of ThuaThien Hue Province administratively and professionally reporting to the National Cultural Heritage Department (Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism), the HMCC is responsible for managing, preserving, restoring and promoting values of the Hue Monuments Complex, Vietnam’s first World Heritage property, and the Nhanhac (Hue Court Music), recognised as Representative Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,  and documentary heritage of the Royal Literature on Hue Royal Architecture as well as the associatedhistorical landscape.

The Centre includes 12 departments and has more than 750 employees, 300 of whom are graduates or post-graduates in such disciplines as architecture, construction, arts, history, literature, foreign languages, law, and Han-Nom. Many staff members have received professional education abroad to increase their knowledge and expertise in scientific research and relic preservation and restoration.

More than 130 monuments and structures have been fully and partly restored. In addition, the Center has published some 30 volumes; conducted much research; organized hundreds of NhaNhac performances; and mounted tens of exhibitions about Hue’s cultural heritage, both in Vietnam and in overseas countries. Furthermore, the Centre has collaborated with fifty of organisations, institutes and universities in Vietnam and other countries for the purposes of research and education; and cooperated with international organizations to implement many plans for the high quality conservation and restoration of local relics.

Contact:Dr. Phan Thanh Hải, Director of HMCC(Email:


Vietnam Institute of Archaeology (Website: is a scientific research organization within the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, established under the Decision no. 59-CP in May 14th 1968 issued by the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

The institute is responsible for implementing the basic issues of Vietnamese archaeology, researching on the formation and development of Vietnam, and providing a scientific basis for strategic planning and development, books of an advanced Vietnamese culture. The Institute of Archaeology has contributed to preserving the national heritage in all aspects: heritage discovery, research and assessment, as well as heritage conservation proposals; performing site preservation for monuments discovered or requested by the authorities; and providing documentation for those who work in heritage conservation and planning and heritage preservation policies.

The Congress of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA) is the largest and most important scientific event of Indo-Pacific archaeology around the world. This is the second time that the Institute of Archaeology has been selected as an organizational unit for a period of time (the first time in 2009 in Hanoi). This is unprecedented in any country in the world.

Contact: Dr. Nguyễn Giang Hải, Director of Vietnam Institute of Archaeology





1. Purpose:

- The Annual Meeting on New Discoveries in Archaeology of Vietnam is a very important scientific activity of archaeology held every year. The first conference was held in 1972, this year is the 53rd. The Conference brings the new findings on archaeology to scientists and the people.

- Propagandize and publicize new scientific issues for Vietnamese archaeology.

- Create opportunities for researchers who are interested in archaeology to participate in this conference.

2. Content:

- Announcing new findings on archaeology in 2018.

3. Location: Century Riverside Hotel Hue, Hue city, ThuaThien Hue province.

4. Time: September 29, 2018 to September 30, 2019

5. Participants: Archaeologists and other fields of social and natural sciences, cultural management agencies, museum studies, etc.

6. Organization:

- Hosted by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and the People's Committee of ThuaThien Hue

- Implemented by: Institute of Archaeology and Hue Monuments Conservation Centre.


-Dr. Nguyễn Giang Hải, Director of Vietnam Institute of Archaeology


-Dr. Phan Thanh Hải, Director of HMCC (Email:

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