"Legends, Kingdoms, and Archaeology: A Case from Ancient Vietnam" by Dr. Nam Kim
Sponsored by AIA-Milwaukee Society
Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

UWM Sabin Hall Room G90
3413 North Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211
United States

Vietnamese oral traditions and legendary narratives describe powerful, proto-Vietnamese kingdoms in the Red River Valley of modern-day Vietnam, purportedly in existence during the first millennium BC. By the first century AD, this area had become colonized by the Han Empire of emergent Chinese civilization. Interestingly, ancient Chinese texts generally deny the presence of local and indigenous forms of sociopolitical sophistication. Given these conflicting depictions, archaeology can serve as a means to gather and furnish important new evidence. To help us understand these issues, Dr. Nam Kim of the Department of Anthropology, UW-Madison, will describe his findings from recent fieldwork at the massive site of Co Loa. Believed by many to be an ancient capital of proto-Vietnamese civilization, legend and folklore suggest Co Loa was founded during the closing centuries BC by a local kingdom. Kim’s recent archaeological investigations have helped to enhance our understanding of the site and of the florescence of social complexity in the region. The project findings have broad implications for early Vietnamese history, as well as theories on Southeast Asian urbanism and the formation of ancient complex polities.

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