New archaeological discoveries near Da Nang

Archaeologists working around the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang have reported finding a number of artefactsm including prehistoric material from a modern communal house site, and ruins of Cham towers.

Artefacts unearthed in central city of Da Nang
Viet Nam Net, 03 July 2015

More than 4,500 items, including ceramics, stone axes, coins, mollusc shells dating back to the 3,000-year-old Sa Huynh Culture, were found during a two-month excavation in the garden of the Khue Bac Communal House in Da Nang.

The city’s Heritage Management Centre in collaboration with the National Archaeology Institute announced this at a press conference on July 1.

The excavation also unearthed the ruins of Cham towers – Xuan Duong and Go Gian in Lien Chieu and Hoa Vang districts.

Archaeologist Pham Van Trieu, who led the excavation, said items on the 100sq.m area in Khue Bac Communal House, which lies at the foot of the Ngu Hanh Son (Marble) Mountains 15km from the city, feature layers of culture covering the Sa Huynh, Champa and Dai Viet (Great Vietnam) eras, and trade with China’s Ming and Song dynasties.

“The location is situated near an ancient channel running around mountains and connecting it with the Co Co River,” Trieu said.

Full story here.

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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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