17th century ceramics unearthed during roadworks

Ceramics from the 17th century have been discovered during road building works at Quang Ngai Province in Vietnam.

Road builders unearth 17th century antiques
Viet Nam Net Bridge, 09 June 2010

While expanding the Le Trung Dinh road in the central city of Quang Ngai, construction workers have discovered many ceramic items dated back to the 17th century in a hole 70 cm deep.

This 2 m long, 1 m wide hole contains 28 ancient jars. It is located near the gate of the ancient Quang Ngai citadel.

Based on the patterns and enamels, doctor of history Doan Ngoc Khoi, an official from Quang Ngai Province Museum, said the ceramic items belong to Quang Duc, a famous ceramic-making village in the 17th century.


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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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