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The mystery of the wooden pile yard in Bac Giang

Mar 17, 2022 07:10 GMT+7

Nearly 30 years ago, people in Duc Giang commune, Yen Dung district (Bac Giang) suddenly discovered a yard of wooden stakes during the exploitation of land for irrigation works. To this day, this pile of wood remains a mystery.

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In the pond area of ​​Mr. Dao Van Ha’s house, ironwood stakes and ironwood logs were found at the bottom of the pond decades ago.

Mr. Nguyen Quan Thon, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Duc Giang Commune was one of the first to discover the piles of wood. Mr. Thon said, in 1992 – 1993, at that time he was the Secretary of the Youth Union of Tien La village (Duc Giang commune). At that time, the union members in the village established a team to carry soil to serve as a local pumping station. He and the union members accepted to dig clay at the bottom of Mr. Dao Van Ha’s pond to get soil to build the pumping station. “Digating about 2 meters deep from the bottom of the pond, we found some ironwood stakes open. The deeper we dig, the more logs we see. After that, I wrote a report to the authorities about the incident,” Mr. Thon revealed.

Mr. Thon added that the location of the piles and logs was close to the Thuong river dike. In 1994, some local people continued to dig the pond of Mr. Ha’s house and discovered more logs. People see many wooden slabs with a length of 2 – 3.5 m, a diameter of about 0.3 m, assembled into a semi-circular architecture, with a system of deeply buried columns, horizontal beams and vertical timber. At that time, some local people harvested 93 logs. While mining, the piles of wood were deeply rooted in the field of Mr. Dao Van Ha’s family, so the local people stopped.

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Mr. Dao Van Thang, Head of Tien La village, said that in 2017, Mr. Dao Van Ha’s family renovated the pond and discovered 30 more logs. The pond renovation still discovered more logs, but the family stopped, because the logs were inside the family’s residential plot.

“The logs were discovered nearly 30 years ago and in 2017 at Mr. Ha’s house, when they were first picked up, they were soft and mushy, but after drying for a while, they were very hard. Local people use these logs to build tables and chairs, cabinets, collapsed so far, they are still very well used,” Mr. Thang informed.

Large-scale wooden architecture?

Mr. Do Tuan Khoa, Director of Bac Giang Provincial Museum, said that after receiving information from people, in December 2019, Bac Giang Provincial Museum sent a mission to inspect and verify the reality of the landfill. wooden stakes in Tien La village and reported to the Institute of Archeology of Vietnam to request cooperation in survey. In October 2020 and December 2021, the survey team of the Bac Giang Provincial Museum and the Institute of Archeology, the Vietnam Archaeological Association organized a survey in this area.

According to Mr. Khoa, the wooden architecture discovered in Mr. Ha’s family is located along the river, most likely a work closely related to the strategic position of this area in history. The discovery of wooden architecture is located near Tran Minh Tong temple in Tien La village, a little further is Co Phao temple (worshiping general Nghia Xuyen of the Tran dynasty), about 2.5km from Vinh Nghiem pagoda, on the other side is the relic site. Kiep Bac – the residence of Tran Hung Dao. “Based on the information collected, it was initially determined that there was a large-scale wooden structure in this area. Because it is located in a low-lying area, along the river and through the shape of the artifact, it may be a bridge-shaped wooden structure, a culvert box or a boat dock,” said Khoa.

Mr. Khoa added that, according to Dr. Le Thi Lien, of the Vietnam Archaeological Association, the wooden architecture discovered in Tien La village could be a large boat mold? The age of the monument is also determined based on the survey site, it can be seen that the alluvial deposit has buried the wooden structure at a depth of about 2m. To be able to form this accretion layer, according to the comparison of scientists, it takes about 500 – 700 years. Besides, the nature and method of woodworking and especially the T-shaped boat nails show that these artifacts were often used in the construction of large wooden constructions and were quite popular during the Tran – Le dynasties. XIII – XV centuries).

According to tienphong.vn

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