Ancient citadel remains found in central Vietnam


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Archaeologists in the central province of Ha Tinh said Friday they have discovered the remains of an ancient citadel dating back more than 1,600 years. 

Part of a one-km-long section of an ancient citadel found in Ha Tinh Province [Credit: Thanh Nien News]

The 1km-long section of the citadel, built of stones, was found at the top of But Mountain Pass in Ky Anh District. 

The archaeologists said it the section was part of a 30km-long citadel built between 345 and 375 A.D. to protect the country from foreign forces. 

The citadel, which leaned on a mountain range and ran through three villages, was made of stones and earth, they said. 

A local official said the citadel used to be covered by trees until locals discovered and took stones from the citadel to build a dike several years ago. This practice was stopped by local authorities later. 

Le Ba Hanh, deputy director of Ha Tinh Museum, said the discovery was good news for historical researchers. 

Source: Thanh Nien News [June 18, 2011]



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