Archaeologists discover traces of Oc Eo culture to the east in Ben Tre

Vietnamese archaeologists have been discovering more traces of the Oc Eo Culture in Ben Tre Province. Oc Eo is an archaeological site associated with the ancient polity of Funan, located in An Giang Province west of Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta.

Oc Eo Culture at Ben Tre, VOV News 17 November 2010

More evidence of Oc Eo culture found in Ben Tre
VOV News, 17 November 2010

Recent archaeological studies have revealed more evidence of the existence of the Oc Eo culture dating back to 2,000-2,500 years ago in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre.

First traces of the ancient culture were discovered by French archaeologist Louis Malleret, who gave it the name of Oc Eo. The Oc Eo culture is believed to have formed and developed in the southern delta, largely in An Giang, from the first to the sixth century AD.

In the mid-1990s, a farmer named Huynh Van Be in Binh Thanh village, Binh Phu commune found several stone graters and axes in his garden. In 2003, a working team from the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology (VIA) and the Ben Tre Museum conducted an excavation in the area and discovered more stone tools and over 13,000 pieces of ceramics of all types.


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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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