Vietnamese archaeologists launch six-month dig in Khanh Hoa province

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Archaeologists hope to recover artefacts and reconstruct up to 3,000 years of history at the Vinh Yen archaeological site in the Khanh Hoa Province of Vietnam. The central province would certainly be home to many artefacts from Champa.

Champa Museum, Danang, Vietnam
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Archaeologist to search for 3,000-year-old relics
Thanh Nien News, 12 Feb 2009
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Metal casting tools found in Southern Vietnam

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28 August 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – An excavation at an archaeological site in Southern Vietnam has yielded some 120,000 artefacts, including eight burials, and more significantly, the site reveals the first time metal casting tools have been found so far south.

Prehistoric bronze, ceramic artefacts found in Khanh Hoa

Recent excavations at the Vinh Yen relic site in Van Thanh commune, Khanh Hoa province, have revealed numerous artefacts that prove the site was a ceramic workshop dating back an estimated 3,000 years.

At the excavation site, archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Khanh Hoa Museum found more than 120,000 pieces of ceramic objects including jars, pots and bowls, and about 402 tools used in ceramics and bronze casting.

They also unearthed eight graves that contained bronze, stone and ceramic objects.

This is the first time metal casting tools have been found in the southern central region.


Books about the metal age in Southeast Asia:
Uncovering Southeast Asia’s Past: Selected Papers from the 10th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists by E. A. Bacus, I. Glover and V. C. Pigott (Eds)
Southeast Asia: From Prehistory to History by P. S. Bellwood and I. Glover (Eds)
The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia (Cambridge World Archaeology) by C. Higham

Archaeological objects dug up in 2 provinces

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1 Aug 2006 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – A composite of two stories, the first reports finds of Tran Dynsaty artifacts from Yen Bai Province, the second already mentioned on a previous post of the fishing village in the Khanh Hoa Province. Sorry for the delay! I’ve been ill.

Archaeological objects dug up in 2 provinces

A number of Tran Dynasty (1225-1400) relics have been uncovered during an excavation of the archaeological site at the [tag]Ben Lan Pagoda[/tag] in the northwestern province of Yen Bai.

Archaeologists from the Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology (VNIA) and the Yen Bai Museum discovered vestiges of 12 terracotta towers, increasing the number of towers at the site to 14. The first two towers were found during another excavation last year.

3,500-year-old fishing village discovered in Khanh Hoa province

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30 July 2006 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – What is believed to be the oldest fishing village in central Vietnam has been unearthed in the Khanh Hoa Province.

3,500-year-old fishing village discovered in Khanh Hoa province

The head of the excavation team, Dr. Tran Qui Thinh, said scientists have found traces of cooking stoves and unearthed 261 items, including ceramic objects and objects made from stone and animal bone, as well as tens of thousands of ceramics pieces and animal bones, approximately 120cm under the surface.


Related Books:
The Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia: From 10,000 B.C. to the Fall of Angkor by C. Higham