Cham Tower disintegrating

The Dong Duong tower, a 9th century Cham citadel is literally disintegrating as locals and visitors alike pilfer the bricks that make up this ancient structure.

Dong Duong Tower, Thanh Nien Daily, 03 July 2008

Ancient cultural site on verge of disintegration
Thanh Nien Daily, 03 July 2008

The historical site, nationally recognized in January 2001, is now on the verge of disappearing, with residents and outsiders stealing thousands of ancient bricks along with sculptures they pilfered without permission.

Locals say the 33,000-square-meter complex still holds thousands of artifacts buried by the 1968 bombing.

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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