New excavations put Sa Huynh cultural finds further inland

New excavations in the mountainous areas of Central Vietnam’s Quang Ngai Province indicate that the prehistoric Sa Huynh culture was not limited to the coastal regions and plains.

3,000-year-old artefacts unearthed
Viet Nam News, 06 July 2011

Antiques from 1000 BC have been unearthed at a mountainous site in the central province of Quang Ngai.

Researcher Doan Ngoc Khoi, from Quang Ngai Museum, said 10 tombs containing objects from 3,000 years ago had been found at an archaeological site in the bed of Nuoc Trong Lake, in Tay Tra District.

The antiques were similar to those of the pre-Sa Huynh culture period, which helped confirmed that such a culture flourished even in mountainous areas.

Previously, antiques of that time had been found only on the plains and in coastal areas.

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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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