Three excavations saw archaeologists find statues of animals, ceramics and roof tiles.
The finding at Phong Le Village is believed to be the site of a Cham place of worship from the 10th to 11th century.
Cham is an indigenous group of Vietnam and Cambodia, who formed an independent kingdom from the 2nd to 17th centuries AD.
New paper in the Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology by Anne-Valérie Schweyer:
Set apart from the so-called ‘Hinduisation’ process, the Cham country is characterised by the presence of many sites or shrines dedicated to local deities. This paper—based on the analysis of archaeological and anthropological evidence—aims to identify these cults, to clarify the associated practices and to demonstrate how the local cults map out the entire local geography. Moreover, in central Vietnam, it is possible to precisely examine ‘potent places’ in order to achieve a better understanding of the local cults and the persistence of those cults from antiquity to the present. In ancient times, each local deity was connected to a political power, which ‘exhaled’ it and, at the same time, put a mark on the territory. The diversity of potent places allows a better understanding of puzzling territories. The continuity of ritual practices performed at Cham potent places, centuries after the disappearance of any form of Cham political power, shows the link between the first occupants of the land and the following Viet inhabitants.
After years of restoration, the E7 tower of the My Son Sanctuary in Central Vietnam is ready for visitors.
My Son tower to re-open
Viet Nam News, 07 Aug 2015
The E7 tower in the My Son Sanctuary in the central province of Quang Nam has reopened to tourists after four years of restoration, according to the province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The Heritage Preservation Institute of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism restored the tower at a cost of VND9 billion (US$430,000) from the Government budget.
Full story here.
Viet Nam Net’s feature on the My Son Sanctuary in Central Vietnam. There are plenty of photos in the news article.
Mysterious beauty of the oldest sanctuary in Vietnam
Viet Nam Net, 02 May 2015
Over time, the My Son Sanctuary has acquired an ancient, mysterious beauty, attracting many domestic and foreign tourists.
The My Son Sanctuary is located in Duy Phu commune, Duy Xuyen district, of Quang Nam province, central Vietnam. It is 70 km from Da Nang City and 40 km from Hoi An. This is a Hindu holy place of the ancient Kingdom of Champa.
According to traditional rituals, whenever a king came to the throne, they had to go to My Son Holy to make rites, offer gifts and build temples.
This area was discovered in 1885 by a group of French soldiers. Ten years later (1895), archaeologist Camille Paris made the first exploration. Since then until 1904, many researchers and archaeologists have visited here to reveal the secrets, including Louis Finot, Henri Parmentier and others.
My Son Sanctuary is located in a valley of about 2 km in diameter, surrounded by hills and mountains. It consists of 70 towers, which are divided into several clusters and built according to the same principle.
Full story here.
Traces of a 13th century Cham kilm workshop have been found in Vietnam’s Binh Dinh province.
13th-century valuable objects unearthed in central site
Viet Nam News, 23 January 2015
Scientists have unearthed traces of Cham ceramic workshops dating back to the 13th century in the central province of Binh Dinh’s Nhon Loc Commune.
They found fairly intact ceramic ovens and nearly 1,000 ceramic objects including bowls, plates, jars and tiles over a 100sq.m area. Traces of ruined ceramic ovens were found at another 50sq.m site.
Full story here.
Archaeologists excavate the remains of a Cham tower near Da Nang.
(via reader Chuck Jones)
The Corpus of the Inscriptions of Campā (http://isaw.nyu.edu/
The Corpus of the Inscriptions of Campā is a publication of the École française d’Extrême-Orient, realized in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.
This project aims to recover, preserve, study and make accessible the corpus of inscriptions of ancient Campā (in present Việt Nam), written either in Sanskrit or in Old Cam.
I’ve also added a link to it on the Resources page.
A book has been published translating the inscriptions from Champa sites from central Vietnam.
The director of the Binh Thuan Province Museum in Vietnam talks about their recent archaeological finds from the Champa period.
The Indian Government announced a project by the Archaeological Survey of India to help preserve the My Son Sanctuary.
India helps to restore My Son heritage site
Tupi Tre News, 22 June 2012