Chapters: Oc Eo. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 41. Not illustrated.
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million books without charge. Excerpt: Oc Eo - Excavation at Oc Eo
began on February 10, 1942 after French archaeologists had
discovered the site through the use of aerial photography. The
first excavations were led by Louis Mallaret. The site covers 450
ha. Oc Eo is situated within a network of ancient canals that
crisscross the low flatland of the Mekong Delta. One of the canals
connects Oc Eo to the town's seaport while another goes 42 miles
north-northeast to Angkor Borei. Oc Eo is longitudinally bisected
by a canal, and there are four transverse canals along which
pile-supported houses were perhaps ranged. This statue of Visnu
from the 6th or 7th century A.D. was found in Oc Eo and is now
housed in the Museum of Vietnamese History.The remains found at Oc
Eo include pottery, tools, jewelry, casts for making jewelry, coins
(including coins from the Roman Empire), and religious statues.
Many of the remains have been collected and are on exhibition in
Museum of Vietnamese History in Ho Chi Minh City. Oc Eo has been
regarded as belonging to the historical kingdom of Funan () that
flourished in the Mekong Delta between the 1st and the 7th century
C.E. The kingdom of Funan is known to us from the works of ancient
Chinese historians, especially writers of dynastic histories, who
in turn drew from the testimony of Chinese diplomats and
travellers, and of foreign (including Funanese) embassies to the
Chinese imperial courts. Indeed, the name "Funan" itself is an
artifact of the Chinese histories, and does not appear in the
paleographic record of ancient Vietnam or Cambodia. From the
Chinese sources, however, it can be determined that a polity called
"Funan" by the Chinese was the dominant polity located in the
Mekong Delta region. As a ...More: http:
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