New discoveries at Cham tower complex in Southern Vietnam

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 towers’ dig yields valuable insights
Viet Nam News, 19 Jan 2009

Surprising new architectural features have been discovered during recent excavations of the ancient Duong Long tower complex in the southern province of Binh Dinh.

The towers, built by the end of the 12th century, are considered to be the highest Cham towers in Southeast Asia. The kingdom of Champa was an Indianised kingdom of Malayo-Polynesian origins and controlled what is now southern and central Viet Nam from approximately the 7th century through to 1832.

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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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