Prehistoric stone tools found in mountain province

26 July 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge)

Vestiges of primitive residents discovered in Cao Bang

Archeologists have recently discovered some vestiges of primitive people living around ten thousand years ago in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang.

Since July 2007, the Archeological Institute and Cao Bang Museum have worked together to investigate the limestone area in Hoa An district and found signs of primitive residents in Nguom Boc Cave in Hong Viet commune.

The investigation team unearthed tens of stone working tools and food left by primitive people about 4.2 m underground. All of these tools were made from river pebbles by rudimentary techniques.

The Nguom Boc Cave collection suggests that Nguom Boc was inhabited by primitive people living in the transition period between the Old and New Stone ages, or early Hoa Binh Culture, about 10,000 years ago.


For further reading about the Hoa Binh culture:
Southeast Asia: From Prehistory to History by P. S. Bellwood and I. Glover (Eds)
The Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia: From 10,000 B.C. to the Fall of Angkor by C. Higham

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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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