Stele with Champa script found in Phu Yen province

Archaeologists report the discovery of a yet-to-be dated stele made of granite and inscribed with eight lines of Champa script.

Ancient Champa stele unearthed

VOV News, 19 August 2009

A stone stele, chiselled with ancient Champa script, was unearthed in the central province of Phu Yen, and believed to be a very significant archaeological find.

Phan Dinh Phung, Deputy Director of the Phu Yen Service for Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the granite stone is 170 cm high, 60 cm wide and 25 cm thick. The surface of the stele bears eight lines of ancient Champa script. It was discovered under the roots of a tree that is hundreds of years old.

The recent findings at the site, including a square water well, are clear indications that the site contains valuable cultural and historic relics from the Kingdom of Champa.


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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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