Archaeologist discover evidence for human habitation dating 10,000 years in Vietnamese cave

The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newblog

A team of archaeologists in Vietnam have discovered a cave in the Ninh Binh Province containing evidence of human habitation, inferred by the remains of assorted animal bone and molluscs.

Cave fossils reveal pre-historic human habitat
VOV News, 11 August 2009

Archaeologists have found evidence of prehistoric human habitation dating back to 10,000 years ago at the Son cave in the northern province of Ninh Binh.

Cao Tan, a researcher from the Heritage Section of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said an excavation discovered a layer of red sediment containing animal bones and the shells of fresh-water molluscs such as mountain and stream snails.

They show the presence of human beings living in the cave in the late Pleitocene period, more than 10,000 years ago, said Mr Tan.


Author: noelbynature

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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