Earliest cemetery in SEA excavated in Vietnam

A team from The Australian National University excavated a 5,000-6,000-year-old cemetery site in northern Vietnam.

Excavations at Con Co Ngua, Science Alert 20130501

Excavations at Con Co Ngua, Science Alert 20130501

New clues to Southeast Asia’s past
Science Alert, 01 May 2013

An archaeological dig led by Dr Marc Oxenham from The Australian National University’s School of Archaeology and Anthropology has uncovered possibly the earliest cemetery site in Southeast Asia.

More than 140 ancient burials including men, women, teenagers and children have been recovered from the site in the Thanh Hoa province in Northern Vietnam.

The burial site, known as Con Co Ngua, is believed to have existed sometime between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago. Rising sea levels helped preserve the site under a thick cap of marine clay.

“Archaeological cemeteries and living sites of such antiquity are all but unknown in the region, with only a handful of burials from a number of cave sites previously known,” Dr Oxenham said.

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