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.
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.
An excavation at a communal house in Da Nang, in Central Vietnam, have uncovered a range of artefacts from the prehistoric period to the 18th century. Finds include artefacts from the Sa Huynh and Cham cultures.
On the way to My Son from Da Nang is the town of Tra Kieu, known during Champa times as Simhapura (‘Lion City’). It is thought that Simhapura was a political capital for Champa, while My Son was a spiritual capital of sorts. I was searching for the archaeological remains of Simhapura – reportedly the rectangular remains of a stone building or ramparts – but was unsuccessful. Nobody seemed to know where it was. But I did stumble upon this:
Archaeologists discover Sa Huynh tombs (presumably jar burials) near the bank of a river in Quang Ngai Province in Vietnam. The site sits within the proposed area for the construction of a reservoir, and the respective government agencies are said to be in talks to postpone the building of the reservoir until the artefacts can be recovered.
2,000 year-old tombs discovered in central Vietnam
Vietnam Net Bridge, 05 April 2011