Millennium-old Cham water well unearthed in central Vietnam


Updated : 04/12/2017 18:00 GMT + 7

A thousand-year-old water well dating back to the end of the tenth century has been unearthed by archeologists in central Vietnam’s Quang Nam Province.

The well is believed to have been built during the reign of the Cham people that extended across the coasts of what is now central and southern Vietnam.

Archeologists discovered the well during their excavation of an area near Khuong My Cham Tower in Tam Xuan 1 Commune, Nui Thanh District in Quang Nam.

The square-shaped well measures 1.3 meters on each of its sides and is 15 meters deep, lined with red clay bricks, with fresh, clear water still available inside.

Quang Nam’s Center for Relics and Landscape Management announced the findings earlier this week, adding that it was working with experts to conduct further study and preserve the ancient artifact.

The Champa kingdom existed from the second century right through to the 19th century, before it was absorbed and annexed by the Vietnamese state.

The Cham people that populate parts of Vietnam and Cambodia are the remnants of this former kingdom.

Relics of the Cham culture can still be observed in central and south-central Vietnam, most notably at the Po Nagar Cham Towers in Nha Trang City and the My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam Province.

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