PROJECTS

Tam Ting Caves

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Location
Pak Ou, Luang Prabang Province, Laos PDR
Chronology
1992 & 1993
Client
University of Canberra
Proponent
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Description

This was a five year project commenced in1992, directed by University of Canberra, Cultural Heritage Studies, for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It formed part of a Foreign Aid program to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Tam Ting is a Buddhist shrine within two separate limestone caves on the Mekong River, adjacent to the village of Pak Ou. The shrine formed part of the ceremonial life of the former Lao royal family. Over 400 sculptures of Buddha are housed in the caves. The program aimed to address deterioration from tourism, looting and natural decay, by providing conservation advice and facilitating management works. Respect for, and maintenance of the religious values of the place were parallel requirements.

Our Role

NOHC joined the conservation team for two consecutive field seasons in 1992 and 1993. NOHC contributed to the initial conservation assessment, and conducted survey and mapping of the two caves.

Features

Archaeological survey, assessment and mapping. Conservation management within culturally sensitive parameters.

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Ms Nicola Hayes Principal Archaeologist
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Dr Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy Associate Director
Email: smcintyre-tamwoy@nohc.com.au
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