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Tràng An Landscape Complex Designated World Heritage Site

last modified Jul 14, 2014 04:45 PM
McDonald Institute-based Tràng An Archaeological Project played prominant part in successful World Heritage Site nomination.


The Tràng An Landscape Complex, Ninh Binh, Vietnam was inscribed as a World Heritage Site on 23rd June 2014 at the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee Doha, Qatar.

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 currently the only prehistoric locale in Southeast Asia to be listed under UNESCO’s Criterion (v) - an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use, which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change.  It is also one of only 31 ‘mixed’ properties worldwide to be inscribed on the basis of both cultural and natural values out of a current World Heritage List of 1007 locales, putting it in very select company.

The karstic landscape and waterways of Tràng An (Photograph by Ryan Rabett)


Details of the property can be found at:

Project details:


An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research