Cham ruin to be moved for highway

VietNamNet Bridge – Quang Nam Province plans to relocate a Cham ruin in the path of a highway project because the road must go ahead.



Quang Nam, Champa Kingdom, My Son Sanctuary, highway project

Cham ruin unearthed 

Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) said it had adjusted the route of the Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway as much as possible, but the ruin would have to go.

Nguyen Manh Hung, director of VEC, said altering the route would create danger for drivers.

Authorities of Quang Nam Province and the local Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism agreed to accelerate the excavation to recover antiques. The architecture was being recorded on paper and as 3D models.

The 4,000-square-metre Trien Tranh site was found in August last year, but archaeologists have worked only half the site.

It dates back to the 9th to 12th centuries and is tied with other ruins of Champa Kingdom, including the world heritage listed My Son Sanctuary.

Archaeologists discovered a number of structures believed to be rooms in which Brahman monks gathered to pray and perform religious rituals.

Quang Nam, Champa Kingdom, My Son Sanctuary, highway project

Archaeologists urged to accelerate excavation

The site is in the path of the 139-km Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway, and the VEC will need to complete the section by 2017.

Dinh Van Thu, chairman of Quang Nam Province People's Committee, said the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has been told of the site's heritage value.   

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Quang Nam, Champa Kingdom, My Son Sanctuary, highway project
 
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