SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Revealing Champa

Dr Vu Hong Lien

Date: 21 May 2009Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 21 May 2009Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 538

Type of Event: Seminar

The digging for the foundation of a new Parliament building in the north-west area of Hanoi in 2002 resulted in the most extensive archaeological project undertaken by Vietnam in this century, for not only it accidentally revealed the site of the ancient capital Thang Long, it also unearthed a number of Cham artefacts to confirm that there was indeed a Cham presence within the context of ancient Vietnam, as often noted in the Vietnamese annals, Dai Viet Su Ky Toan Thu.

In this seminar, Dr. Vu Hong Lien will present some of the latest Cham finds that she studied on site in February and March 2009, and discusses the significance of Vietnamese-Cham historical and cultural exchanges during the height of their mutual involvement in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, as appeared in the newly found Cham artefacts and recorded in the Vietnamese annals.

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