Palaeolithic tools found in northeast Vietnam

Vietnamese archaeologists report the discovery of palaeolithic stone tools from Ha Giang Province, in northeast Vietnam.

Palaeolithic tools from Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. Viet Nam News 20120906
Palaeolithic tools from Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. Viet Nam News 20120906

Archaelogists find traces of early humans in Ha Giang [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 06 Sep 2012

Archaeologists in the north-eastern province of Ha Giang stopped by on some very old relatives recently, when they stumbled across caves thought to have housed humans 20,000 years ago.

The astonishing discovery came as an excavation team unearthed around 100 stone tools at the karst plateau areas in Can Ty Commune of Quan Ba District and in Pho Bang Town of Dong Van District in July, with several found in two caves which were once home to ancient inhabitants.

The relics, which date back to the Paleolithic, are mainly hoes and axes in a form typical to the period, according to Prof Trinh Nang Chung, from the Viet Nam Archaeology Institute.

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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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