THUA THIEN-HUE (VNS)– Hoa Chau Citadel in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue is deteriorating through want of protection and preservation, researchers said in a report.
The citadel with artefacts of Champa culture (the 2nd-19th century), Tran-Le (the 13th-18th centuries) and Nguyen (the 19th-20th centuries) dynasties was discovered in 1997 during excavations by the Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology and others.
Hue University of Sciences experts have since co-operated with researchers from Japan's Kanda and Osaka universities to survey the citadel and comb it for artefacts.
However, they recently reported that the vestige was deteriorating as a result of exposure to weather and incursions by nearby residents. Their report is expected to bring action from authorities to provide greater protection and give urgency to preservation. – VNS