Tomb findings released

Archaeologists announced the results of the excavation of a 19th century tomb in Binh Dinh province.

Excavation of tomb in Binh Dinh province. Source: Viet Nam News 20151123
Excavation of tomb in Binh Dinh province. Source: Viet Nam News 20151123

Excavation of ancient tomb made public in Binh Dinh
Viet Nam News, 23 November 2015

The initial analysis of an ancient tomb excavated in An Nhon District in the central coastal province of Binh Dinh has been made known.

According to archaeologists, the tomb contained a mummified man aged from 67 to 70 years old. He was believed to be Vietnamese based on the characteristics of his nasal cavity and orbit.

Dr Nguyen Lan Cuong, head of the excavating team, told Viet Nam News, that the Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology decided to excavate and research this tomb as it was located in a residential area which had been reconstructed.

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Cham kiln site discovered in Vietnam

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.

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Great Wall of Vietnam recognised as national heritage site

The Great Wall of Vietnam, or Truong Luy Architectural Relic which is 200km long and runs through the provinces of Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai has been officially recognised as a national heritage site by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

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Historic sites recognised
Vietnam Net Bridge, 10 May 2011
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The capital of Vietnam, more than a thousand years ago

We all know that Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, and it has been a capital for literally  a thousand years under its former name Thang Long. But before Thang Long, the capital of Vietnam was Hoa Lu in the northern Binh Dinh Province. The Vietnam News Service has a special feature on this ancient capital, which was used by the Dinh and the Early Le Dynasty.

Ancient capital offers colourful history lessons of two dynasties [Link no longer active]
Vietnam News, 15 May 2009
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New discoveries at Cham tower complex in Southern Vietnam

New discoveries, including carved stone figures and other structural features were uncovered during the excavation of the Duong Long Towers in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Dinh. The 12th century Cham towers are thought to be devoted to the Hindu god, Shiva, and also thought to be the highest of its kind in Southeast Asia.

Cham towers’ dig yields valuable insights
Viet Nam News, 19 Jan 2009
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Evidence of Cham tower unearthed

he 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.

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

Binh Dinh's Cham towers proposed for world cultural heritage

The distinctive Duong Long Towers, where ongoing excavations are underway, are being proposed for addition into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

17 November 2006 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – The distinctive Duong Long Towers, where ongoing excavations are underway, are being proposed for addition into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

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Binh Dinh’s Cham towers proposed for world cultural heritage

The Cham towers are unique religious architecture of Cham people. Binh Dinh has eight groups of Cham towers. Those towers are treasuries of history, culture and architecture for researchers to learn about the Vijaya areas in the ancient time and Binh Dinh at present.

Among Cham towers built in the central region, the architecture style of Cham towers in Binh Dinh is always praised by researchers. In 1942, Ph. Stern ranked the architectural style of Cham towers in Binh Dinh at the sixth level in seven styles and one of the most popular styles from the 12th to the 14th centuries.

New discoveries at Duong Long towers

Bas-reliefs are uncovered at the base of the Duong Long towers, along with other finds including pottery.

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

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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.