Discovery of underground remnants in Hoi An

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6 February 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge)

Vietnam Net Bridge, 6 Feb 2007

Discovery of underground remnants in Hoi An

The project to upgrade Hoi An’s ancient streets included many underground systems. Thus, every road in the project was dug up as deep as 2 m. Project construction works started in August 2006, right at the same time as a team of archeologists from Hanoi National University and Chieu Hoa University (Japan) excavated 3 sites in Hoi An: No. 16 on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Road, No. 76/18 on Tran Phu Road and the area around Tran Quy Cap School.

According to several research works, the history of the formation of Hoi An’s ancient quarters is linked to the Thu Bon Rivers’ alluvium depositing process to the south. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the northern bank of the Thu Bon River lied between the current Tran Phu Road and Nguyen Thai Hoc Road, 100 m away to the south of Ong Voi Temple. The wooden structure was found to be the same distance from Ong Voi Temple. Thus, it may have been erected on the northern bank of the Thu Bon River in the 17th century.

Also in front of No. 84 on Le Loi Road, Mr. Kikuchi Seiichi discovered 2,401 pieces of glazed terra-cotta, 2,624 pieces of china and 11 Chinese coins, as well as several Vietnamese and Hizen – Japanese pottery works. Other remnants included a brick water-escaping site with a sand and clay bottom, 30 cm wide and 22 cm deep. This site dates from the 17th century.

Preservation plans unveiled for subterranean ancient town

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29 January 2007 (Thanh Nien News) – Remains of an ancient town found underneath the Hoi An Town (a World Heritage Site by itself) will be preserved and studied by archaeologists from Vietnam and Japan.

Thanh Nien News, 29 Jan 2007

Preservation plans unveiled for subterranean ancient town

The Quang Nam provincial administration is chalking out plans to conserve an ancient town and relics dating back to about four centuries ago recently unearthed in the area.

It said a special museum would be built to research, preserve and promote tourism visits to the ancient town, discovered 2 meters below the earth of the now Hoi An town.

Archeologists from the Hanoi National University and Japan’s Showa Women’s University immediately asked authorities concerned to halt the construction work so that they could begin excavating the site.

The ensuing search found thousands of pieces of glazed terra cotta and porcelain as well as eleven coins of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese origins at the archaeological site.