Market builders take over millennia-old archeological site

A Vietnamese archaeological site is seriously damaged when the local government decides to build a market over it, ignoring laws on heritage preservation.

16 June 2006 (Thanh Nien News) – A Vietnamese archaeological site is seriously damaged when the local government decides to build a market over it, ignoring laws on heritage preservation.

Thanh Nien News, 16 June 2006

Market builders take over millennia-old archeological site

A local government in Vietnam has ignored a superior authority’s instruction to stop construction at an ancient archeological site, also violating national laws in the process.

Con Diep, located in Nghe An province’s Quynh Van commune, was home to a primitive people thousands of years ago. Archaeologists have discovered 31 ancient tombs with human remains, stone tools, and pottery inside.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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