Vietnam's 500-year-old rampart should be world heritage: expert

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A 200-kilometer rampart dating back over five centuries in central Vietnam should apply for UNESCO world heritage recognition, an English expert was quoted as saying by VnExpress on Friday.


According to Christopher Young, head of World Heritage and International Policy for English Heritage, the rampart running from Quang Ngai Province to Binh Dinh Province was very significant for historic studies of Vietnamese people.


A five-year study done by local and foreign scientists, released on Friday in Quang Ngai, shows  that the ramparts were built together by the Viet people (or Kinh people), the province's native H're people as well as soldiers for military and trade purposes. It has more than 100 guard posts made of stone.


Pottery relics unearthed near the wall, which is five meters high, proves that not only did the Viet people move to the south for settlement but the Thai and Muong people did so as well, said Nguyen Tien Dong of the Vietnam Institute of Archeology. He said that this was an "unexpected" finding.


Experts at the ceremony on Friday urged authorities to list the rampart as a national relic so it could benefit from proper preservation solutions, VnExpress said.


It added that the National Cultural Heritage Department has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism that the rampart be recognized as a national historical and cultural relic.

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