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Đại La (7th to 9th Century) - Ha Noi

Đại La (7th to 9th Century) - Ha Noi

Major archaeological work on Thăng Long was started in December of 2002 and continued into 2003 at 18 Hoàng Diệu street, which is located somewhere in the central area of the former citadel. The site excavated was 48,000 square meters and was divided in to 4 sections labeled A, B, c, and D. The site itself proved to be quite astonishing in that the soil held several layers of cultural relics right on top of each other, stretching from the 7th century right to the 19th. This makes the site quite notable in that there are very few sites like it in the world where a single location holds such a complete and continuous archaeological record. Millions of artifacts were uncovered giving insight into life at the time, how buildings were constructed, and even the influence of other nations through the presence of foreign made objects being found.

The Đại La Period is the earliest period from which datable remnants have been found. Excavations carried out in 2008 and 2009 revealed 40 vestiges such as architectural remains, wells and drainage systems. Building in this era were timber-framed with grey roof tiles. Foundations of structures point towards the use of Yin columns being used. Yin columns were quite popular in this period throughout Eastern Asia, particularly in Angkor Cambodia, China and Japan. One of the most common types of vestiges found that date from this period are roofing materials. Many different types of yin-yang tiles have been discovered from this period including eave-tiles, ridged-tiles and sculpted tiles.

Paving stones were also found 15 drainage systems made from rectangular bricks were found in excavations and are around 60 meters in length.The wells that were discovered are all round and built with grey bricks in the Chinese style, demonstrating the influence that China had in this period. Of the 7 wells found, the deepest was 5.9 meters deep and evidence suggests that it was used well into the Lý period. One particularly important discovery was the finding of ceramics that originated in Western Asia. These discoveries show that the region was a part of trade routes between China and the Islamic world.
Update : 14-04-2016


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