UNESCO formally handed over the inscription certificate of World Heritage Site status to the management board of the Tràng An Landscape Complex near Hanoi, in a ceremony that took place on 23rd January 2015.
The excavations and scientific analysis undertaken by the Tràng An Archaeological Project (TAAP) featured centrally in the nomination that was submitted to the World Heritage Committee. Ryan Rabett, TAAP director, worked directly with the Vietnamese State Party, the Ninh Binh People’s Committee, the Tràng An Management Board, senior UNESCO figures, national archaeological and geological institutions in preparing and writing the nomination’s cultural story
Tràng An is a wonderworld of limestone towers and lakes that tourists visit on small punts. Trang An, Vietnam's eighth World Heritage Site, is the first WHS in Southeast Asia to be inscribed for both its natural and cultural heritage, the latter including the important archaeological discoveries of prehistoric occupation going back to 30,000 years ago in a series of caves excavated by Rabett.
The ceremony was also attended by Senior Fellow Professor Graeme Barker,
whose visit to Tràng An in 2006 at the invitation of the Vietnamese authorities to assess its potential for archaeological research by the Institute set the scene for Dr Rabett's outstanding project.