Ancient town’s infrastructure work halted as relics found

Unearthed archaeological relics interrupt work on the Hoi An World Heritage Town, but the excavations required might also destabilise the foundations of some of the heritage houses.

30 October 2006 (Thanh Nien News) – Unearthed archaeological relics interrupt work on the Hoi An World Heritage Town, but the excavations required might also destabilise the foundations of some of the heritage houses.

Thanh Nien News, 30 Oct 2006

Ancient town’s infrastructure work halted as relics found

Infrastructure upgrades to protect Hoi An resort town in Quang Nam province were halted after archeological relics were unearthed, reported local authorities

According to the Hoi An People’s Committee, a variety of separate archaeological finds were unearthed deep under the surface of the town during digging to install drainage and other waterworks to protect the World Heritage-recognized town from annual flooding.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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