Da Nang Cham Tower find significant

A longer story on the Da Nang Cham tower that was first posted last week.

Cham Tower found in Da Nang, Viet Nam News 20120829
Cham Tower found in Da Nang, Viet Nam News 20120829

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Viet Nam News, 29 Aug 2012

A Cham tower foundation found in Phong Le Village in March is one of the biggest such structures found in Viet Nam, a team of archaeologists from Da Nang’s Cham Sculpture Museum and Ha Noi’s University of Social Sciences and Humanities have affirmed.

Statues, bricks, pebbles and structures found at the site of the foundation help the team expose a 1,000-year-old tower.

“We have verified that the foundation of the main tower was for a very large Cham tower built in the 10th century,” the head of the team, Nguyen Chieu, told a press conference yesterday.
“We dug five pits on the site and found hundreds of bricks and stones left from the collapsed tower,” Chieu said, saying the team conjectures that the tower was built to honour the Champa king. The kingdom ruled in the central coast region between the 4th and 13th centuries, so many towers remained undiscovered in the area, he said.

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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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