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École française d'Extrême-Orient
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Seminar: Béatrice Wisniewski
20 MAY 15
(Postdoctoral Fellowship, EFEO)

Lecture I
An approach of the archaeological fieldwork in Vietnam: the excavation campaign of the ceramics production site of Tuan Chau (Quang Ninh province)

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 10 am

Venue: Room 702, Research Building, IHP, Academia Sinica, Taipei City

    On Tuan Chau island (Halong Bay, Quang Ninh Province), traces of a ceramics production site were discovered during surveys. The main activity period of the site probably dates from the 8th to the 10th century. During the excavations, traces of ceramic production were found such as fire supports, bowls stuck together during firing and others ceramics waste or fragments of clay walls.
    Strategically placed on inter-regional trade routes, at the border of the Southern Chinese provinces, in connection with the urban centers of the Red River Delta, this site is the only Vietnamese one to produce massively, at the end of the first millennium AD, green glazed ceramics similar to the well-known "green glazed wares" of Guangdong province which were exported on all the southeast Asian sites of the main maritime trade routes between the 8th and the 9th century. Thus, the Tuan Chau ceramic productions could have been the first Vietnamese wares exported abroad.


Lecture II
Vietnam, the beginnings of the glazed ceramic tradition

Discutant: Mr. LU Tai-kang
(Associate Professor, Tainan National University of the Arts)

Date: Monday, May 25, 2015, at 2 pm

Venue: Room 703, Research Building, IHP, Academia Sinica, Taipei City

    The first millennium AD is a significant period in the Vietnamese ceramic tradition. This particular historical time of Chinese colonization of Vietnam is characterized, as part of the ceramology, by a major technological innovation: the use of high temperature kilns for firing objects. This results in the production of ceramics with new characteristics reflecting both the technical advances of ceramic handicraft and the emergence of a mixed society with specific features: the Sino-Vietnamese society.
    The kiln sites in the northern region of Vietnam, although they are few, are particularly active at a time when, apart from China, there is no country in the Far East using the high temperature kiln technology. Signs of the progressive appropriation by the Vietnamese potters of the use of these kilns are associated to the production of the first glazed ceramics on the territory.
    At the end of the millennium, the beginning of changes in practices combines the visible increase of the kilns efficiency with the development of the production of glazed wares. This reaffirmation of the technical mastery of craftsmen is accompanied by a reorganization of the production, prior to the development of the Lý and Trần dynasties ceramic.
    Archaeological sources incite to replace the Vietnamese ceramic tradition in a wider context that of a single dialogue with China, and allow reaffirming its inclusion in the active regional and interregional exchange networks of the large trade economy.