More rock art discovered in Ha Giang Province

Rock engravings in Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. Source: Viet Nam News 20150123

More engraved boulders have been discovered in Vietnam’s northern Ha Giang province – unsurprising, as other engraved rock art have previously been reported there and in neighbouring Lao Cai province. I am a little irked about the ‘triangles symbolising female reproductive organs’. All the other shapes are described as shapes. Why do the triangles get special treatment?

Rock engravings in Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. Source: Viet Nam News 20150123
Rock engravings in Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. Source: Viet Nam News 20150123

Experts study ancient carvings found in Ha Giang
Viet Nam News, 23 January 2015

Archaeologists recently discovered more than 100 stone carvings on a high mountain in the northern Ha Giang province.

The carvings, believed to date back to the 10th century AD and made spontaneously on large stones with metal tools, comprise symbolic circles, spirals, rectangular patterns and parallel lines, besides triangles symbolising the female reproductive organs.

Full story here.

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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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