Accepted paper:

New archaeological discoveries at the mining project in Southern Laos originating from the Vilabuli district's museum: the impact for local communities

Author:

Viengkeo Souksavatdy (Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism)

Paper short abstract:

The local museum of Vilabuli District is a symbol of the collaboration between the private sector, universities and the government agencies and proves the realistic policy of the Lao Government with regard to the protection of national heritage.

Paper long abstract:

Laos has many significant archaeological sites though very few of them have been excavated. The mining operations in the country is one of the major projects which occupied wide spread area and cause the ground surface disturbance. The eventual assessment on the Physical Cultural Resources is required by the government as well as the by the financial institutions prior to grant approval for concession. Sepon Mining owned by Mineral and Metal Group - MMG started its operations since 2003, a quite important typology of the bronze artifacts has been identified within the area. As preventive measures to safeguard all buried cultural properties the chance finds procedures have been developed in parallel with the series of archaeological salvage excavations. The local museum of Vilabuli District is a symbol of the collaboration between the private sector, universities and the government agencies and proves the realistic policy of the Lao Government with regard to the protection of national heritage.

panel P05
Local/global histories: the challenge of local museums