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The Origins of Ancient Vietnam

Nam C. Kim


This book is concerned with the origins of an ancient state in northern Vietnam, an area long believed to be the cradle of Vietnamese ethnic identity and civilization. This area has been referenced by Vietnamese and Chinese writers for over a millennium, many recording colorful tales and legends. One of the most enduring accounts is story of the Au Lac Kingdom and its purported capital, known as Co Loa. According to legend, the city was founded during the third century BC, and massive rampart walls were built to protect its rulers. Over the centuries, Co Loa has become emblematic of an importa ... More

Keywords: archaeology, Vietnam, Co Loa, ancient cities, ancient states, ancient civilizations, Vietnamese prehistory, Vietnamese cultural heritage, Southeast Asia, Red River Delta

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199980888
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199980888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nam C. Kim, author
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Middleton, WI