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.

Archaeological site unearthed in mountainous region

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30 November 2006 (Thanh Nien News) – Prehistoric stone tool finds in a mountainous region of Vietnam, and a brief mention of Champa relics found in Hoi An.

Archaeological site unearthed in mountainous region

An excavation carried out in November by the institute in an area of 53 sq.m unearthed 127 relics, including 400 pottery fragments, stone tools, graters and fossilized sea animals dating back some 4,000 years.

Dr. Nguyen Gia Doi, an expert from the institute confirmed the site was a prehistoric labor tool-manufacturing center.

The site was unearthed last December 2005 in Dak Wil commune, Dak Nong’s Cu Jut district, he said.

Covering an area of 4ha, the archaeological site reportedly encompasses four relic zones, where remains from the Stone Age are said to lie.

The institute also asked the Dak Nong provincial administration to take measures to protect the site, pending further excavations.

Ancient town’s infrastructure work halted as relics found

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30 October 2006 (Thanh Nien News) – Unearthed archaeological relics interrupt work on the Hoi An World Heritage Town, but the excavations required might also destabilise the foundations of some of the heritage houses.

Thanh Nien News, 30 Oct 2006

Ancient town’s infrastructure work halted as relics found

Infrastructure upgrades to protect Hoi An resort town in Quang Nam province were halted after archeological relics were unearthed, reported local authorities

According to the Hoi An People’s Committee, a variety of separate archaeological finds were unearthed deep under the surface of the town during digging to install drainage and other waterworks to protect the World Heritage-recognized town from annual flooding.

Remains of 17th-century 'Japanese Bridge' in Vietnam found

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12 Sep 2006 (Thanh Nien News)

Thanh Nien News, 12 Sep 2006

Remains of 17th-century ‘Japanese Bridge’ in Vietnam found

A team of Japanese and Vietnamese researchers has excavated remains of a 17th-century bridge believed built by Japanese settlers at the World Heritage site of Hoi An in central Vietnam, Kyodo reported…

The researchers from [tag]Showa Women’s University[/tag] in Tokyo and the [tag]Hanoi National University[/tag] found clayware and carbonized wooden pegs that appear to have supported bridge columns.

These were dug out from a 17th-century geological layer at a depth of 2.2 meters below a road at the foot of the bridge.

Shipwreck exhibition in Vietnam

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24 August 2006 (Viet Nam News) – An ongoing exhibition featuring shipwreck finds off the waters of Vietnam in the Can Tho Museum.

Viet Nam News, 24 August 2006

Exhibition of shipwreck relics begins in Can Tho Museum

An exhibition featuring 400 ancient relics salvaged from five shipwrecks off the Viet Nam coast opened at the Can Tho Museum on Tuesday.

Most of them are porcelain and pottery made in China, Thailand, and Viet Nam between the 15th and 18th centuries and are part of more than 500,000 items found aboard ancient vessels which had sunk off the Cham Island (Quang Nam Province), Dam Island (Kien Giang Province), Cau Island (Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province), Binh Thuan and Ca Mau provinces.