New archaeological discoveries near Da Nang

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Archaeologists working around the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang have reported finding a number of artefactsm including prehistoric material from a modern communal house site, and ruins of Cham towers.

Artefacts unearthed in central city of Da Nang
Viet Nam Net, 03 July 2015

More than 4,500 items, including ceramics, stone axes, coins, mollusc shells dating back to the 3,000-year-old Sa Huynh Culture, were found during a two-month excavation in the garden of the Khue Bac Communal House in Da Nang.

The city’s Heritage Management Centre in collaboration with the National Archaeology Institute announced this at a press conference on July 1.

The excavation also unearthed the ruins of Cham towers – Xuan Duong and Go Gian in Lien Chieu and Hoa Vang districts.

Archaeologist Pham Van Trieu, who led the excavation, said items on the 100sq.m area in Khue Bac Communal House, which lies at the foot of the Ngu Hanh Son (Marble) Mountains 15km from the city, feature layers of culture covering the Sa Huynh, Champa and Dai Viet (Great Vietnam) eras, and trade with China’s Ming and Song dynasties.

“The location is situated near an ancient channel running around mountains and connecting it with the Co Co River,” Trieu said.

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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.

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Museum of Sa Huynh and Champa Culture

Museum of Sa Huynh and Champa Culture

On the way to My Son from Da Nang is the town of Tra Kieu, known during Champa times as Simhapura (‘Lion City’). It is thought that Simhapura was a political capital for Champa, while My Son was a spiritual capital of sorts. I was searching for the archaeological remains of Simhapura – reportedly the rectangular remains of a stone building or ramparts – but was unsuccessful. Nobody seemed to know where it was. But I did stumble upon this:

Museum of Sa Huynh and Champa Culture

Museum of Sa Huynh and Champa Culture

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Archaeologist find prehistoric artefacts from riverbank site

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Archaeologists discover Sa Huynh tombs (presumably jar burials) near the bank of a river in Quang Ngai Province in Vietnam. The site sits within the proposed area for the construction of a reservoir, and the respective government agencies are said to be in talks to postpone the building of the reservoir until the artefacts can be recovered.

2,000 year-old tombs discovered in central Vietnam
Vietnam Net Bridge, 05 April 2011

Ancient artefacts unearthed in Tang River alluvial plain
Viet Nam News, 06 April 2011
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