An imperial citadel in Hanoi dating back several centuries to the Tran Dynasty might have been larger than originally thought, archaeologists speculate.As befits a capital city that celebrates its 1,000th anniversary next year, the soil of Hanoi continues to yield vestiges of its glorious past. A recently ended two-year excavation covering 2,626 square meters at No.62-64 Tran Phu Street in Ba Dinh District has thrown up 14th and 15th century artifacts like glazed dishes, ceramic pottery and iron ware.The digging also found more than 70 human remains speculated to be of soldiers who died in battles.However, scientists from Vietnam Archaeology Institute, which initiated the excavation, said the most amazing finding for them was the section of a street with lemon flower-carved tiles, a typical architectural feature of the Tran Dynasty (1226-1397).“This means Thang Long Imperial Citadel under the Tran Dynasty wasn’t limited to the area at No.18 Hoang Dieu Street [also in Ba Dinh District].”The citadel, which was first discovered in 2002 during excavation work to build a new national assembly, was one of the three rings of the ramparts of a citadel system dating back to the 11th century that went through many changes under six feudal dynasties and… Read full this story
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