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 towersâ€™ dig yields valuable insights
Viet Nam News, 19 Jan 2009
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.
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.
10 November 2006 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – Bas-reliefs are uncovered at the base of the Duong Long towers, along with other finds including pottery.
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.
27 August 2006 (Viet Nam Net Bridge) – The foot of what is thought to be the tallest ancient towers in Southeast Asia have been excavated by archaeologists in Vietnam.
Stone foot of Duong Long Towers found
After excavating an area of 1,500 square meters around Duong Long Cluster of Towers in Binh Dinh Province, archaeologists found a system of stone foots of the towers.
This system, including dozens of stones in square sharp which are 64 centimeters thick, makes the towers solid and sizeable. Especially, beautiful lotus flowers are carved at the foot of the central tower.