1,000-year-old architectural remnants unearthed in Binh Dinh

Binh Dinh Museum’s experts and archaeologists coming from the Center for Imperial City Research of the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences have excavated an archeological site at Hon Noc hill in Trang Long hamlet, Nhon Loc commune of An Nhon town since April 10.

The excavation has been continued toward the south, aiming to find a smaller tower. Photo: VL

During the excavation, they unearthed the ruins of Cha Ray tower, which is believed to date back between the 11th and 12th centuries.

The main tower was built on the top of the hill with an 80m2 foundation area, with a 1.7m wide main door facing southeast. A smaller structure is located to the North of the main temple and its foundation is 3m lower than the main building’s one.

"A Cham temple precinct usually consists of three structures: the main temple and two smaller buildings — one to the north and another to the south of the main structure. After identifying the main temple on the highest ground and its gate, we will continue to study the other two buildings," said Lai Van Toi, Assoc. Prof. and vice director of the Centre for Imperial City Research.

Van Luu (with additional information from cand.com.vn and saigoneer)

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