Evidence of Cham tower unearthed

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14 June 2007 (Thanh Nien News) – The local residents in the vicinity of the Xuan My mountain in Binh Dinh province seem to have unearthed the tip of the… tower. A Cham tower, to be precise. It remains to be seen if the rest of the tower will be found.

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Ancient tower unearthed in central province

Residents of the central Binh Dinh Province have recently unearthed the top of a tower dating back to the Cham Civilization over ten centuries ago, said vice director of a local museum Thursday.

Dr. Dinh Ba Hoa, Vice director of the Binh Dinh Museum, said that while collecting stones on Xuan My Mountain, residents of Phuoc Hiep Commune, Tuy Phuoc District, discovered the top of the tower.

The top of the tower is 1.8m-high, made of stones, and decorated with lotus petal-shaped patterns.

Read more about the Cham tower of Xuan My mountain.

Books about the Cham:
Hindu-Buddhist Art Of Vietnam: Treasures From Champa by E. Guillon

New discoveries at Duong Long towers

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10 November 2006 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – Bas-reliefs are uncovered at the base of the Duong Long towers, along with other finds including pottery.

Vietnam Net Bridge, 10 Nov 2006

New discoveries at Duong Long towers

Archeologists digging around the base of the three mighty Duong Long towers in Binh Dinh Province have greatly expanded their knowledge of the ancient Champa people. In the second excavation by the provincial museum, the archeologists found more than 1,000 bas-reliefs, pieces of pottery and other objects. They are yet to be classified.

The experts guess that the three towers together had entombed someone important since, to the modern-day Cham people, a tower was often the crematorium for a deceased Champa monarch. Several half-finished structures and bas-reliefs were found at the base of the two minor towers. Dr. Dinh Ba Hoa from the Binh Dinh Museum suggests the work was interrupted because the Champa king met with some problems.