New archaeological sites found in the Dong Van Karst Plateau

Recent work in Vietnam’s Ha Giang Province has revealed a number of prehistoric sites, all on the Dong Van Karst Plateau.

Dong Van Karst Plateau. Source: Vietnam Net 20140809
Dong Van Karst Plateau. Source: Vietnam Net 20140809

More prehistoric vestiges discovered in Dong Van Karst Plateau
Vietnam Net, 09 August 2014

Discovery illuminates ancient VN
Viet Nam News, 09 August 2014

20-millennia-old tools found in karst plateau in Vietnam
Tuoi Tre News, 11 August 2014

Fourteen archaeological sites in the northernmost province of Ha Giang have been excavated in the past fortnight, revealing hundreds of relics believed to appear in the prehistoric and protohistoric times, an expert said.

Assoc. Prof. and Dr. Trinh Nang Chung from the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology said the excavation has taken place since July 26 in mountainous districts, including Dong Van, Meo Vac, and Yen Minh, which are located in the Dong Van Karst Plateau.

In the neighbourhood of Dong Van Town in Dong Van District, the Seo Ho stream site was found to contain prehistoric pebble tools, which were typical for the Palaeolithic Era (Old Stone Age).

Meanwhile, stone axes and grinding bases dating back to the late Neolithic Era (New Stone Age) about 4,000 years ago were unearthed at four sites in Thuong Phung, Xin Cai and Pa Vi communes in Meo Vac District.

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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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