Thermoluminesence and Radiocarbon Dates in the Brick Structures of GoThap Site in the Lower Mekong Delta Basin
International Journal of Archaeology
Volume 7, Issue 1, June 2019, Pages: 17-23
Received: Jul. 2, 2019;
Accepted: Jul. 23, 2019;
Published: Aug. 8, 2019
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Nguyen Quang Mien, Institute of Archaeology, Vietnam Academy of Social Scences, Hanoi, Vietnam
Nguyen Quang Bac, Institute of Science and Technology, VINASA, Vietnam Software and IT Services Association, Hanoi, Vietnam
Bui Van Loat, University of Science, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam
Vu Anh Hung, University of Science, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam; Faculty of Physical and Chemical Engineering, Military Technical Academy, MOD, Hanoi, Vietnam
The Go Thap site, formerly known as Prasat Pream Loven, is an area of six square kilometers with several small mounds on a dune running from northeast to southwest. It is situated in Thap Muoi district, Dong Thap province, Mekong Delta of Southern Vietnam. French archaeologists first explored the site during the end of the nineteenth and at the beginning of the twentieth century. This paper will establish a preliminary research of the monuments at the Go Thap site. The archaeological excavations during from 2012 to 2014 have discovered these brick monuments. We believe they are architectural foundations made of bricks sturctures. The Radiocarbon dating of the charcoal objects collected from layers of excavation indicates that these objects are from between the ﬁrst late millennium BC and the middle of the ﬁrst millennium AD. These dates are consistent with the time of initial occupation of Go Thap in the first century BC. The thermoluminesene dating of ancient ceramic fragments found at the excavation holes are from 2nd century BC and 1st century AD. These thermoluminescence dates corresponded with the data from Angkor Borei site in Cambodia.
Nguyen Quang Mien,
Nguyen Quang Bac,
Bui Van Loat,
Vu Anh Hung,
Thermoluminesence and Radiocarbon Dates in the Brick Structures of GoThap Site in the Lower Mekong Delta Basin, International Journal of Archaeology.
Vol. 7, No. 1,
2019, pp. 17-23.
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