Archaeologists find small coffin burial in North Vietnam

Archaeologists in northern Vietnam discover a small coffin burial dated about 300 years old. The coffin is thought to be the smallest found in the country.

Discovery of a small coffin in Nam Dinh Province. Viet Nam News, 20110920

Tiny 300-year-old tomb found
Viet Nam News, 20 September 2011

An ancient tomb in the northern province of Nam Dinh is the smallest composite tomb discovered in Viet Nam so far, Nguyen Lan Cuong, deputy general secretary of the Viet Nam Archaeology Association, told Viet Nam News.

The outer coffin was 107cm in length, 36cm in width and 40cm in height, while the inner coffin was 94.5cm in length, 27.3cm in width and 33.4cm in height. The compound was said to consist of lime, molasses, sand and charcoal with a piece of cloth used to enclose the contents.

Archaeologists found a skull and bones, affirming their thought that it was an exhumation tomb. Based on initial studies of the relics unearthed, Cuong supposed that the tomb was built around 300 years ago in the later Le dynasty (1533-1788).

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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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