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A feature on the Son Tien Tu Pagoda in An Giang Province, which houses artefacts from the Oc Eo found in the region.

Vestiges of Oc Eo culture at Ba The Mountain
Vietnam Net Bridge, 22 June 2010

In 1942, in Thoai Son District, An Giang Province, a French archaeologist discovered many artifacts of the Oc Eo culture which were attached to the legendary kingdom of Phu Nam dating back nearly 1,500 years. The antiques were kept in a cottage in the rice field where they were discovered before the local authorities brought them to the top of Ba The Mountain in Oc Eo Hamlet, Thoai Son District.

These antiques reveal secrets of a strong and prosperous kingdom that originated in South Asia. After about 1,500 years of the displacement of nature and history, this culture has fallen into oblivion.

In 2002, the government built a winding concrete road lined with trees to the top of Ba The Mountain to serve tourism.


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Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

Website: http://www.SoutheastAsianArchaeology.com

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