New archaeological discoveries at Xom Trai Cave

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Vietnamese archaeologists announce their findings of their excavation and and conservation project at the Xom Trai Cave in Hoa Binh province. Among the finds include the 8,000-year-old road reported earlier, as well as numerous stone tools and human burials. There’s an interesting mention about a find of mineral rock that was used as nutritional supplements – does anyone have more information about this? How do they know that ancient peoples ingested rocks for nutritional supplements?

Hoa Binh archaeological site preservation project announced
Nhan Dan, 12 March 2009

Many ancient artifacts excavated in Hoa Binh’s Xom Trai cave
Voice of Vietnam News, 13 March 2009
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Remains of a 8,000-year-old road discovered in Vietnam

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In what seems to be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, an ancient road has been discovered in the Hoabinhian site of the Xom Trai Cave dating back to 8,000 – 9,000 years. Sadly, the story on VietNamNet doesn’t display any images of the road, but it indicates the presence of worn-out stones. Remains of an older nearby route, possibly related to the road find, dates even further back.

Ancient road found in cave
VietnamNet Bridge, 26 November 2008
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