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Oxford Studies in the Archaeology of Ancient States

The Origins of Ancient Vietnam

Nam C. Kim

The Origins of Ancient Vietnam

Oxford Studies in the Archaeology of Ancient States

The Origins of Ancient Vietnam

Oxford Studies in the Archaeology of Ancient States: The Origins of Ancient Vietnam

 

The Origins of Ancient Vietnam explores the genesis of civilization in the Red River Delta of Vietnam and how it can inform our understanding of ancient societies, generally, and the foundations of Vietnamese culture, specifically.


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Long believed to be the cradle of Vietnamese civilization, the Red River Delta of Vietnam has been referenced by Vietnamese and Chinese writers for centuries, many recording colorful tales and legends about the region's prehistory. One of the most enduring accounts relates the story of the Au Lac Kingdom and its capital, known as Co Loa. According to legend, the city was founded during the third century BC and massive rampart walls protected its seat of power. Over
the past two millennia, Co Loa has become emblematic of an important foundational era for Vietnamese civilization. Today, the ramparts of this ancient city still stand in silent testament to the power of past societies. However, there are ongoing debates about the origins of the site, the validity of
legendary accounts, and the link between the prehistoric past with later Vietnamese society.

Recent decades of archaeology in the region have provided a new dimension to further explore these issues, and to elucidate the underpinnings of civilization in northern Vietnam. Nam C. Kim's The Origins of Ancient Vietnam explores the origins of an ancient state in northern Vietnam, an area long believed to be the cradle of Vietnamese civilization. In doing so, it analyzes the archaeological record and the impact of new information on extant legends about the region and its history.
Additionally, Kim presents the archaeological case for this momentous development, placing Co Loa within a wider archaeological consideration of emergent cities, states, and civilizations.


ISBN
9780199980888
Pagina's
354
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Serie
Oxford Studies in the Archaeology of Ancient States
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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