Champa and the Archaeology of Mỹ Sơn (Vietnam)

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Andrew David Hardy, Mauro Cucarzi, Patrizia Zolese
NUS Press, 2009 - Art - 440 pages
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The kings of ancient Champa, a civilization 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 the Vietnamese name M? So'n, 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 civilization of Champa. The remainder of the book presents an unusually intimate and extensively illustrated portrait of the archaeologists' research and restoration work at M? So'n. While this book is important for specialists and students of the history and archaeology of Champa and 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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Contents

The French Excavations
14
The VietnamPoland
26
Inspiration for
33
A Short History of Champa
45
The Vietnamese Southward Expansion as Viewed
61
Two Keys to Understanding the Cosmology
78
Eaglewood and the Economic History of Champa
107
Artistic Exchange Regional Dialogue and
151
Construction Techniques
260
Materials Characterisation
283
Conservation Design and Intervention
312
Restoration of the Laterite Enclosure Wall and Rehabilitation
332
Neotectonic and Geomorphological Characteristics of
349
Absolute Dating of the My San Monuments
369
A uthors Affiliations
417
Index
435

Results of the Archaeological Investigations at My
197
Damage Affecting Structures and Materials
238

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About the author (2009)

Dr. Andrew R. Hardy has planted two churches and three missional communities. He is the programme director for Springdale College: Together in Mission's Undergraduate Theology and Mission degree programmes. Andrew is an ordained minister in the Fellowship of Churches of Christ.

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