The People’s Committee of the central province of Quang Ngai has asked related agencies to study and recover a section of a 500-year-old rampart that stands in the province’s Ba To District.
The committee has asked the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, other related agencies and the district’s committee to determine the condition of the section, part of the 130-kilometer-long rampart, the longest of its kind in Southeast Asia, and conduct demarcation work at the site before April 15.
Because the rampart has no boundaries despite it being recognized as a national archaelogical site one year ago, a local farmer recently levelled on February 14 a 37m long part of the relic that stands on his land to plant acacia trees.
The rampart runs from Quang Ngai Province to Binh Dinh Province in the central region, with a a 22km long section running through the Ba To District.
According to a five-year study done by local and foreign experts, the ramparts were built together by the Viet people (or Kinh people), the province’s native H’re people as well as soldiers. It has more than 100 guard posts made of stone.It has been visited by foreign experts who have suggested that authorities apply for UNESCO World Heritage recognition because of its historic significance.