Hominid stone tools found in Vietnamese central highlands

Stone tools from Vietnam. Source: Thanh Nien News 20160405

Vietnamese and Russian archaeologists announce their discovery of stone tools, thought to belong to early hominids, from Gia Lai province.

Stone tools from Vietnam. Source: Thanh Nien News 20160405
Stone tools from Vietnam. Source: Thanh Nien News 20160405

Traces of ancient humans found in Vietnam’s biggest archaeological discovery
Thanh Nien News, 04 April 2016

In what has been described as a breakthrough, Vietnamese and Russian archaeologists have found valuable artifacts in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai that they say belonged to ancient humans around 800,000 years ago.

The traces of homo erectus or “upright man,” including fossils and more than 200 stone tools, were discovered at 12 locations around An Khe Town, according to the findings announced by the scientists on Friday.

It was “the biggest and most important” archeological discovery not only for Vietnam but Asia, Dr. Nguyen Giang Hai, chief of Vietnam’s Institute of Archeology, told Tuoi Tre newspaper.

Full story here.

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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