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.
Source: Potent Places in Central Vietnam: ‘Everything that Comes Out of the Earth is Cham’
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.
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
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.
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.
The Cham people observe the annual Kate Festival in commemoration of their gods and ancestors.
Cham Towers in Ninh Thuan Province. Source: Viet Nam News 20141024
Cham people hold annual festival
Viet Nam News, 24 October 2014
The Cham people and their long history in Southeast Asia are a focus in this feature in National Geographic.
Cham Towers of Nha Trang. Source: 20140616
The Cham: Descendants of Ancient Rulers of South China Sea Watch Maritime Dispute From Sidelines
National Geographic, 16 June 2014
The Cham Towers of Dong Duong are being consumed by the forest, but despite its national heritage recognition very little has been done to preserve it.
Dong Duong Towers, Source: Thanh Nien News 20140512
9th century nat’l heritage disintegrates in central Vietnam
Thanh Nien News, 12 May 2014
The remains of a Cham Tower have been found in the city of Da Nang in Vietnam.
Cham Tower found in Da Nang, Viet Nam News 20120824
1,000-year-old Cham tower unearthed [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 24 August 2012
A feature on the Banh It Towers in Vietnam’s Binh Dinh Province.
Banh It Cham Towers, Vietnam Net Bridge 20120612
Evidence of time and Cham culture at Banh It towers
Vietnam Net Bridge, 12 June 2012
A Cham village in Vietnam is thought to be the oldest pottery village in Southeast Asia.
Ceramics from the Bau Truc pottery village, Saigon Giai Phong 20120219
Visit the oldest pottery village in Southeast Asia
Saigon Giai Phong, 19 February 2012