Rare anchors found in the Red River

Source: Vietnam Net 20140802

A restaurant owner in Hanoi is in the possession of two unusual wooden anchors that were recovered from the Red River.

Source: Vietnam Net 20140802
Source: Vietnam Net 20140802

Red River treasure amazes global antique enthusiasts
Vietnam Net, 02 August 2014

Two wooden anchors retrieved from the Red River and possessed by a restaurant owner in Hanoi has received a lot of attention of domestic and foreign archaeologists for their historical value.

Quach Van Dich, proprietor of a beer garden in Chuong Duong Ward near the Red River, recalled that he bought a two-arm wooden anchor from a fisherman near the bank of the Red River on a summer day in 1999.

The strange anchor surprised Dich at first sight. Its central shank was nearly 10m long. Two arms carrying flukes were attached to the shank by a steel belt and tied by a shabby robe.

Dich thought the anchor might have been erected at the entrance gate of the Red River wharf to attract travellers on a river tour. Examining the wooden object carefully, he found it had the dark-grey colour that aroused his curiosity.

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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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