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.
via Viet Nam News, 11 May 2018:
The central province, in co-operation with the Institute for Conservation of Monuments under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, will begin an urgent project to protect B3 tower in the UNESCO-recognised Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary from collapse before rainy season.
Source: Chăm tower to be reinforced
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.
Archaeologists excavate the remains of a Cham tower near Da Nang.
Remains of an 8th century wall are discovered during restoration work of a collapsed Cham tower. They are believed to be part of the stairway to the tower.
Ancient Cham walls dug up in Binh Thuan
Tuoi Tre News, 16 October 2012
Restoration work on a pair of Cham Towers were recently completed in Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan Province.
Restoration work highlights value of unique Cham towers [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 12 October 2012
A longer story on the Da Nang Cham tower that was first posted last week.
Cham tower foundation found [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 29 Aug 2012
Nhan Dan news reports to separate finds from Vietnam’s Quang Ngai Province.
Sa Huynh artefacts, ancient Cham tower found in central Vietnam
Nhan Dan, 06 July 2010
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.
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
26 July 2006 (Nhan Dan) – Remains of a Cham tower uncovered in Quang Ngai Province.
Cham tower ruins pulled from bowels of construction
A Cham tower structure was found last week while local workers were leveling a road surface for the base of the new industrial complex in the central province of Quang Ngai.
The ancient structure is estimated to have several towers adjoining each other. The gates of the tower face southeast, toward the Ve River. Neither the age nor the exact year they collapsed have been established.