The Environmental History of Settlement at Co Loa, Vietnam: A Preliminary Pollen Sequence

Author(s): Tegan McGillivray; Nam Kim

Year: 2015


Co Loa is a 600ha Iron Age settlement located in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam.

Recent excavations of the three earthen ramparts at Co Loa are illuminating the processes of site construction begun during the Dongson cultural period (600 BC-AD 200). The scale and organization of these efforts reflect a highly centralized and institutionalized authority; however, little is known about the nature of settlement and urban form. Using preliminary palynological data from cores and excavation, this paper explores the environmental history of Co Loa at different phases of its construction. These data have implications for understanding the impact of settlement construction and associated changes in landscape transformation for activities such as agricultural production at the site through the first centuries AD. The findings can also provide insights into patterns of urbanism within the wider region.

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The Environmental History of Settlement at Co Loa, Vietnam: A Preliminary Pollen Sequence. Tegan McGillivray, Nam Kim. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395906)


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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;