Monday, July 25, 2005

News: Archaeologists unearth oldest known Cham pottery furnaces

Archaeologists unearth oldest known Cham pottery furnaces

07/24/2005 -- 20:45(GMT+7)

Binh Thuan, July 24 (VNA) - Archaeologists have discovered ancient pottery furnaces, the oldest ones discovered so far, of the ethnic Cham people in southernmost central Ninh Thuan province's Ham Thuan Bac district.

Oldest pottery vestiges unearthed at the 500 sq.m. excavation site date back to the turn of the 10th century, according to the Ho Chi Minh City Nucleus Technique Centre .

Experts found pottery furnaces built closely to each other and old furnaces were built on the foundation of the old ones. Furnace layers were measured two metres thick, indicating that generations of ancient handicraftsmen had heated those furnaces for a long time before they were abandoned.

Some of the patterns on pots, jars, lamp supports, and bronze moulds unearthed are still found in present-day terra-cotta products of the ethnic Cham people.-Enditem

Paul Kekai Manansala