Cham ruins get much-needed protection

Protective works including a security post and information boards to safeguard an 8th century Cham sanctuary in Hue is set to complete this year.

Sanctuary remains of ancient Cham people gets protection [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 29 September 2009

The remains of a 1,200-year-old Cham sanctuary unearthed in Phu Vang District in Hue will undergo major protection works costing VND560 million (US$32,000) that is likely to be completed next year.

It will get a security post, equipment to safeguard the structure and a stele providing information about it. Its foundation will be strengthened, and two guards will be posted permanently to protect it from vandalism, according to Cao Huy Hung, director of the province’s Historic and Revolutionary Museum and the project co-ordinator. Earlier this month the museum cordoned off an area of 7,300sq.m around the tower and put up markers.

The tower was found five years ago when titanium miners dug 8m into the ground. Subsequent excavations by archaeologists revealed the foundation of another structure nearby besides many religious artefacts belonging to the ancient Cham people.


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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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