Archaeologists win award for investigations at Oc Eo site

Three Vietnamese archaeologists have won a prestigious Vietnamese award for their work in investigating the Oc Eo culture in southern Vietnam.

They dig history
Thanh Nien News, 13 November 2009

A definitive conclusion about Oc Eo being the capital of the ancient Funan kingdom has verified yet, but a group of archaeologists have compiled an important body of work about vestiges of this city/culture.

One site in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, in particular, has proved rich in related artifacts.

For their “most complete” scientific work in the field, the archaeologists from Ho Chi Minh City have won the Tran Van Giau Prize, (Professor Tran Van Giau, born in 1911, is a well known historian), a prestigious annual history award for this year.

“This is a reliable source of materials and has high scientific value,” said To Buu Giam, head of the jury that selects winners from unpublished or newly-published historical works related to the southern region.

The group has structured clearly all the relics and vestiges unearthed through field trips, excavations and investigations made over the past century, Giam said.


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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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