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

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.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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