Cover of Andrew Hardy (EDT), Mauro Cucarzi (EDT), Patrizia Zolese (EDT): Champa and the Archaeology of My So'n (Vietnam)

Andrew Hardy (EDT), Mauro Cucarzi (EDT), Patrizia Zolese (EDT) Champa and the Archaeology of My So'n (Vietnam)

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Univ of Hawaii Pr

Singapore

2009

1 New

Paperback

440

Heavy

238583

978-9971-69-451-7

9971-69-451-4

Excavations (Archaeology); Vietnam; Qu ang Nam (Province)

Annotation

The kings of ancient Champa, a civilisation located in the central region of today's Vietnam, started building sacred temples in a circular valley more than 1500 years ago. The monuments, now known by their Vietnamese name My Son, were discovered by nineteenth-century colonial soldiers and first studied by the French architect Henri Parmentier. Bombed during the Vietnam War, the ruins of the brick towers decorated with exquisite carvings and sculptures were designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1999. An Italian team has worked at the site for the last ten years, doing archaeological research and restoration work in cooperation with Vietnamese specialists. This book is the first published volume based on their efforts. The opening section consists of historical, anthropological and architectural studies of the civilisation of Champa. The remainder of the book presents an unusually intimate and extensively illustrated portrait of the archaeologists' research and restoration work at My Son. While this book is important for specialists and students of the history and archaeology of Champa and of Southeast Asia, it also tells a fascinating story that will appeal to general readers and visitors to this exceptional archaeological site.

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