Excavations of a palace in Vietnamese Royal Citadel of Thang Long

Archaeologists revealed finds from the excavations in the area of the Kinh Thien Palace site in Thang Long Royal Citadel, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Artefacts from the Kinh Thien Palace (by Vietnam Net)

The citadel was built in the 11th century during the Ly Dynasty to mark the independence of Dai Viet (former name of Vietnam). The excavations, carried out on an area of nearly 1000 square metres, allowed for  identification of traces of overlapping layers of royal palaces from different dynasties dating back to the 8th century, representing periods attributed to various dynasties, including the Ly dynasty (1009-1225 AD), the Dai La period (9th-10th centuries),  the Tran dynasty (1225-1400 AD), Le So period (1428-1528 AD), and Le Trung Hung period (1533-1789 AD). Archaeologists found traces of large-scale architecture dating from the Tran dynasty, and architectural remains of houses from the Le So  and Le Trung Hung periods. The palace, built in 1428, sits in the centre of the Thang Long Royal Citadel. It is believed to be the most important building and hosted many royal ceremonies.

(after Vietnam Net)

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