Vestiges of Ly Dynasty found at Thang Long Citadel

Archaeologists have discovered architectural traces of the Ly Dynasty at a 500 square meter excavation site in the central area of Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi.

Archaeologists discovered an ancient waterway from the Ly Dynasty era in the central area of the Thang Long Citadel in Hanoi (Photo: Vnexpress)

This was announced by the Thang Long Hanoi Heritage Conservation Center and the Institute of Archaeology at a conference in Hanoi on December 26.

The excavated site uncovered a large waterway and a 1.6m wide foundation base of a wall which runs parallel with the waterway.

The brick laid waterway is 2m wide and 2m in depth, which scientists believe to be part of either a reservoir, well, pond, tunnel or a spiritual sanctum.

Earlier, vestiges of the Ly Dynasty were also discovered at 18 Hoang Dieu in Hanoi. This recent discovery provides a new awareness about space used by natives of Thang Long Citadel. 

At the same excavation site, scientists also found architectural traces from the Tran Dynasty, similar to the ancient drainage or waterway from the Ly Dynasty era.

Besides they also discovered vestiges of a brick foundation from the later years of the Le Dynasty and 2m long drainage pit from the Nguyen Dynasty.

Archaeologists said that the vestiges were built one over the other and may have existed for thousands of years from Ly to the later year Nguyen Dynasty.

By V. Xuan – Translated by Hai Mien

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