Remains of 1,000 year-old Chăm temple towers discovered in Đà Nẵng

The Đà Nẵng Museum of Chăm Sculpture and the National Museum of Vietnamese History yesterday announced the preliminary results from the nearly 3-month excavation of a 500m2 area at the Cấm Mít relic site in group 3, Hòa Phong Commune’s Cam Toại Đông Village, Hòa Vang District, Đà Nẵng.

Chăm temple towers containing over 600 valuable artifacts, including bricks, tiles, pottery and sandstone dating back to about 1,000 years ago, were discovered at the site.

The towers cover an area of about 1ha and are on a low mound, but they have been ravaged by time and war.

However, the remains of the 4m x 4m Giữa (Central) Tower, the 4.4m x 4.4m Bắc (North) Tower, the 3.7m x 3.7m Nam (South) Tower, the Cổng (Gate) Tower, and the Đại Communal House were found.

Their foundations were made of brick, clay, yellow sand, pebbles, rubble and other materials.

The Giữa Tower is believed to have been built between the 10th and 11th centuries, whilst the Bắc and Nam towers date back to the 13th and 14th centuries.

According to archaeological experts, further research at the relic site should be conducted to reveal more.

The remains of the perfectly structured towers prove that they played a vital role in the spiritual lives of the Chăm people at that time.

Source: Đà Nẵng Today

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