Cham tower to be studied

11 September 2007 (Thanh Nien News) – Not to be confused with the citadel found in the previous post, this Cham tower in the Thua Thien-Hue province is slated for archaeological investigation from next month until the end of the year.

Studies to be done on millennium-old Vietnam tower

Excavation will begin on a 1,000-year-old Cham tower complex in central Vietnam to study its architecture and explore if more relics lie undiscovered inside.


The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has given the green light for Thua Thien – Hue province and the Vietnam National Archaeology Institute to excavate the Lieu Coc twin tower.

Situated in Huong Xuan commune of Huong Tra district, the tower complex is among the several Cham remains recognized as national relics.

Lieu Coc is considered to be in the best shape among all the Cham towers in the central region, where the Indic civilization flourished between the 2nd and 17th centuries.

The excavation is scheduled to begin Oct. 15 and go on until Dec. 15.


Related books about the Cham:
The Champa Kingdom; The History of an Extinct Vietnamese Culture
The Art of Champa by J. Hubert
Early Cultures of Mainland Southeast Asia
Hindu-Buddhist Art Of Vietnam: Treasures From Champa by E. Guillon

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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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