9th century well found in Hanoi

A medieval well has been unearthed in Hanoi, near the site where two brick tombs were discovered earlier this month.

Ancient well found in Hanoi, Viet Nam News 20110420

Medieval well unearthed in Ha Noi
Viet Nam News, 20 April 2011

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Vietnam Net Bridge, 20 April 2011

A well that was built with bricks that were made during the 9th and 10th century was discovered at an archaeological site in Ha Noi’s Dong Ngac Commune.

The well was discovered while the archaeologists were working on excavating two tombs that were built during the first century and the fourth-sixth century that were unearthed earlier this month.

More than a week later, the archaeologists discovered 27 objects including pottery, iron nails, a broken copper bowl and a glass string.

A pottery vase that is shaped like a rooster is considered to be the most valuable artefact that was discovered.

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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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