Restoration course

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(QNO) - A restoration course with the participation of 36 trainees finished in early June. The course focused on applying restoration theories in practice effectively under the instructions by trainers from the Lerici Foundation, the Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy), and the Institute for Conservation of Monuments under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam.

The trainees of the course at My Son Sanctuary
The trainees of the course at My Son Sanctuary

Talking about the effectiveness of the course, Professor Mauro Cucarzi, Director of the Lerici Foundation believed that the trainees could grasp Italian techniques of restoration and apply them in their practical work in Vietnam. There were 4 main subjects in the course, archaeological technology, building restoration, management, and restoration of archaeological items. The course chose My Son Sanctuary as a place for their field research and approaching the problems of archaeology. In monuments management, the trainees were introduced and familiarized with the software Site Manager Data Base.

According to Roberca, an archaeologist and a restoration expert, it is very important to understand the relics before restoration. He is always afraid to damage My Son Sanctuary if the restoration is carried out with the limited knowledge of the relics. In the practice of restoration in My Son Sanctuary, the trainees applied GIS (geographic information system) in drawing maps and setting the database. In addition, the course provided the trainees with the information about mistakes in relics restoration and management.

The training project of restoration and conservation of cultural heritages was invested over VND 25 billion (including the ODA grants of the Government of Italy, of the Polytechnic University of Milan, and the counterpart funds of Vietnam arranged by the Quang Nam provincial People's Committee). The first course started in November 2017 and ended in early June 2018.