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Monday, 22nd February 2016

3D animations bring Vietnam?s archaeology to life

A number of the most fascinating archaeological finds from Vietnam in recent years are set to be displayed through 3D animation. The technique has been developed in order for viewers to get a good idea of the artefacts without having to transport them or put them through going on display.

Experts from Vietnam and Germany will view the Jewels of Vietnamese Archaeology exhibition at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi before it goes on tour. The project has been realised by a combined group from the German Archaeological Institute and the Vietnamese Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry.

Professor Thomas Kersten from HafenCity University, Hamburg will be at the first showing, where he will explain how the 3D animations were made. Then, when the exhibition moves, the audience will still understand its context as the Thang Long Imperial Citadel has also been recreated with the new software.

Nguyen Thu Hoan from the Vietnam National Museum of History is also scheduled to be at the workshop on February 24th. He will make a presentation to the assembled guests on how the museum is using 3D technology to put it at the forefront of advancements in this type of archaeology and offer a virtual guided tour.

He told the Vietnam News Service: “The Vietnam National Museum of History is among the first museums in Vietnam to use technology to provide an interactive 3D virtual tour of its display area. Museum officers understand the importance of 3D virtual reality technology in promoting museum activities.”

The museum itself is open daily between 8am and 12pm, then again from 1pm to 5pm, although visitors should be aware that it closes on the first Monday of each month. With more than 200,000 objects inside, there is plenty to keep even the biggest history buff entertained.

Exhibits date back to prehistoric times through many changes in the country, up to and including the 1947 revolution and beyond. Even the building is spectacular, housed as it is in a French colonial structure that has always had an association with history.

It was opened in 1910 as the archaeological research institution of the French School of the Far East before taking on a different yet not unrelated use as the history museum in 1958. Located in Hanoi, it should definitely be added to the itinerary of anyone keen to learn more about Vietnam’s past than just its role in the famous war with the Americans.