Vietnamese bronze age site gets national heritage status

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14 November 2007 (Viet Nam News, VietNam Net Bridge) – The Xom Ren archaeological site yielding artefacts some 4,000 years old is included in Vietnam’s National Heritage register. Vietnam is also preparing the paperwork to submit the site for inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Xom Ren archaeological site becomes a national relic

On November 12th, the northern province of Phu Tho held a ceremony to receive a certificate for national relics recognition for the Xom Ren archaeological site in Gia Thanh commune, Phu Ninh district.

This also includes graves belonging to the Phung Nguyen cultural period dating back 3500 to 4000 years.

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Two 2,300-year-old graves unearthed in Vietnam

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15 December 2006 (Thanh Nien News)

Two 2,300-year-old graves unearthed in Vietnam

Two ancient graves, including a burial urn, dating back 2,300 years to the era of the Hung Vuong kings (280-258BCE), were found recently in Phu Tho province.

The urn is 40cm high and 55cm across, and contains three bronze items but no skeleton. From its small size it appears to have been used for burying a child.

The other grave contains a skeleton and two gemstone earrings, which were broken into three and rejoined with a bronze string.

It also has three bronze axes, three lances with nice patterned blades, and a bowl, pot, and vase.