Two 2,300-year-old graves unearthed in Vietnam

15 December 2006 (Thanh Nien News)

Two 2,300-year-old graves unearthed in Vietnam

Two ancient graves, including a burial urn, dating back 2,300 years to the era of the Hung Vuong kings (280-258BCE), were found recently in Phu Tho province.

The urn is 40cm high and 55cm across, and contains three bronze items but no skeleton. From its small size it appears to have been used for burying a child.

The other grave contains a skeleton and two gemstone earrings, which were broken into three and rejoined with a bronze string.

It also has three bronze axes, three lances with nice patterned blades, and a bowl, pot, and vase.

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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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