[New Paper] Potent Places in Central Vietnam: ‘Everything that Comes Out of the Earth is Cham’

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New paper in the Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology by Anne-Valérie Schweyer:

Set apart from the so-called ‘Hinduisation’ process, the Cham country is characterised by the presence of many sites or shrines dedicated to local deities. This paper—based on the analysis of archaeological and anthropological evidence—aims to identify these cults, to clarify the associated practices and to demonstrate how the local cults map out the entire local geography. Moreover, in central Vietnam, it is possible to precisely examine ‘potent places’ in order to achieve a better understanding of the local cults and the persistence of those cults from antiquity to the present. In ancient times, each local deity was connected to a political power, which ‘exhaled’ it and, at the same time, put a mark on the territory. The diversity of potent places allows a better understanding of puzzling territories. The continuity of ritual practices performed at Cham potent places, centuries after the disappearance of any form of Cham political power, shows the link between the first occupants of the land and the following Viet inhabitants.

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Ancient well found in Central Vietnam

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The remains of a well, thought to belong to the 12th century Cham period, was discovered in Vietnam’s Quang Nam Province.

Ancient well discovered in Quảng Nam Province
Viet Nam News, 06 May 2016

An ancient well has been discovered in Quảng Nam Province due to the joint efforts carried by the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and local administrators and villagers of Hương An Commune to protect an ancient Chăm well that has been excavated in the region.

The ancient well, which is presumed to be built in the 12th century, has square structure, each side of which is nearly 1m long. It is made of ancient Chăm bricks, similar to materials used in other Chăm temples within Quảng Nam Province.

According to Tôn Thất Hướng, head of the department, archeologists have confirmed through their studies and surveys that a Chăm community used to inhabit in the area surrounding the ancient well for many centuries.

Full story here.

Stone axes discovered in Da Nang

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Excavation at the Khue Bac communal house in Da Nang. Viet Nam News 20150601

An excavation at a communal house in Da Nang, in Central Vietnam, have uncovered a range of artefacts from the prehistoric period to the 18th century. Finds include artefacts from the Sa Huynh and Cham cultures.

Excavation at the Khue Bac communal house in Da Nang. Viet Nam News 20150601

Excavation at the Khue Bac communal house in Da Nang. Viet Nam News 20150601

Stone axes found in Da Nang
Viet Nam News, 01 June 2015

Valuable items of Sa Huynh Culture found in Da Nang
Viet Nam Net, 01 June 2015

An archeological team from Viet Nam Archaeology Institute found five stone axes believed to come from the 3,000-year-old Sa Huynh Culture at a Khue Bac communal house garden in the central city.

The communal house lies at the foot of the Ngu Hanh Son Mountains (Marble Mountains), 15km from the city centre.

Ho Tan Tuan, director of the city’s Heritage Management Centre, said yesterday that the team unearthed the axes on Wednesday while digging a second pit in the garden.

“The excavation, which began on May 16, provides more details on the appearance of the Sa Huynh Culture and the early Cham in the area,” Tuan said.

Full story here and here.

Cham kiln site discovered in Vietnam

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Traces of a 13th century Cham kilm workshop have been found in Vietnam’s Binh Dinh province.

13th-century valuable objects unearthed in central site
Viet Nam News, 23 January 2015

Scientists have unearthed traces of Cham ceramic workshops dating back to the 13th century in the central province of Binh Dinh’s Nhon Loc Commune.

They found fairly intact ceramic ovens and nearly 1,000 ceramic objects including bowls, plates, jars and tiles over a 100sq.m area. Traces of ruined ceramic ovens were found at another 50sq.m site.

Full story here.