The Long Wall of Quảng Ngãi
The focus of this project is the Long Wall, a 127-km boundary built in earth and stone across the provinces of Quảng Ngãi and Bình Định. Built in 1819 and abandoned in 1898, it offers a unique insight into a ‘hard’ border apparatus in pre-colonial Vietnam. Andrew Hardy led three types of research on this project in the framework of SEATIDE. The first is the collection, translation and analysis of historical documents, including those which deal with this region's past as a territory of the kingdom of Champa. The second is archaeological investigation, conducted by Nguyễn Tiến Đông of the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology: in 2014-2015, a hilltop fort and a borderland temple were excavated. The third is anthropological research, involving interviews with members of the Viet and Hre ethnic groups, inhabitants of the zones either side of the wall. Preliminary results were published as SEATIDE online paper no. 11: ‘The Border Security Framework and Logics of Conflict Resolution on a Nineteenth-Century Vietnamese Frontier.