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
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.
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
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
The remains of a 600-year-old pagoda have been discovered in Vietnam’s Ha Giang province.
Ancient pagoda traces in Ha Giang
Viet Nam News, 16 June 2014
Vietnamese archaeologists report the discovery of stone tools in Ha Giang province – but more notably, painted rock art! I believe this might be the first instance of painted rock art reported in Vietnam.
Rock art at Kho My Cave, Viet Nam News 20120911
Ancient farm tools help dig up the past [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 11 Sep 2012
Vietnamese archaeologists report the discovery of palaeolithic stone tools from Ha Giang Province, in northeast Vietnam.
Palaeolithic tools from Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. Viet Nam News 20120906
Archaelogists find traces of early humans in Ha Giang [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 06 Sep 2012
One of the better-known rock art sites in Vietnam is the field of engraved boulders located in Sa Pa in Vietnam’s northern Lao Cai province. In neighbouring Ha Giang Province, another set of engraved boluders have been found in the last decade – this is the Nam Dan rock field.
Nam Dan rock field in Ha Giang Province, Vietnam Net Bridge 20110601
Enigmatic ancient rock field in Ha Giang
Vietnam Net Bridge, 01 June 2011
Vietnamese archaeologists discover stone tools in a cave in North Vietnam. Besides the tools, a good amount of ‘red stone powder’ (ochre?) was found, which is thought to have been used as funerary body ornamentation.
Prehistoric artefacts found in Ha Giang
Saigon Giai Phuong, 15 December 2010
Archaeologists discover Hoabinhian and Bacsonian stone tools in a cave in north Vietnam.
Archaeologists find prehistoric artefacts in Ha Giang cave
Viet Nam News, 16 Nov 2010
A 1,000-year-old petroglyph site in Northern Vietnam has been recognised as a national relic, the second such site to be done so.
Second ancient stone ground recognised as national relic
Vietnam Net Bridge, 14 April 2008
19 January 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – I’ve got no information on the other stone slabs.
Another ancient stone slab discovered in Ha Giang
A 3 sq. m wide slab of stone believed to be an altar for prehistoric people has been discovered in Xin Man district, northern mountainous Ha Giang province.
The stone slab is propped up on three stone pillars, 200m away from a field discovered two years ago full of ancient stone slabs with strange carvings.
Archaeologists from the Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology are now studying the significance of the carvings and odd patterns on the stone, to try to come up with ways of preserving them from the ravages of time and weather.