Centuries-old coffins rotting at ancient burial site

Some 200 coffins, possibly dating to the early 8th century, risk becoming irrepairably damaged unless preservation actions are taken.

3 July 2006 (Viet Nam News) – Some 200 coffins, possibly dating to the early 8th century, risk becoming irrepairably damaged unless preservation actions are taken.

Centuries-old coffins rotting at ancient burial site

A cave containing 200 centuries-old wooden coffins in the northern province of Thanh Hoa may be irreparably damaged unless it is preserved soon by archaeologists, says a local official.

The cave is hidden in a dense forest near the top of a high rocky mountain at a spot where the Luong estuary merges into the Ma River in Hoi Xuan Commune, about 140 km away from Thanh Hoa City.

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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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