More about the prehistoric Vietnamese skeleton

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08 June 2007 (Viet Nam Net Bridge) – More details released about the 4,000-year-old-skeleton found in Tuyen Quang province. The oval-shaped grave is unusual for the period and the artefacts unearthed are found to be similar to those of the Hoa Binh culture 2,000 years prior. The archaeologists are racing against time as the site is due to be flooded because of a hydroelectric dam.

Prehistoric human skeleton unearthed

Archaeologists have unearthed a prehistoric human skeleton buried in a cave in northern province of Tuyen Quang.

The skeleton, which measures 1.65m in length, was buried lying on its back with its hands facing downwards. A number of prehistoric tools were also found lying in the grave in Phia Mon, Son Phuc Commune in Na Hang District.

Archaeologists from the Viet Nam Archaeological Institute and Tuyen Quang Museum said the skeleton dated back to the late Stone Age, around 4,000 years ago.

They said stones had been piled up around the grave to make an oval shaped burial mound that is very unusual for the period.

Read more about the prehistoric skeleton of Tuyen Quang.

Books about Vietnamese prehistory:
Bioarchaeology of Southeast Asia (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology) by M. Oxenham
The Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia: From 10,000 B.C. to the Fall of Angkor by C. Higham

Island excavations reveals thousands more of artifacts

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19 December 2006 (Nhan Dan)

Nhan Dan, 19 Dec 2006

Island excavations reveals thousands more of artifacts

Thousands of relics of the Ha Long Culture dating back 4,000-7,000 years ago have been discovered at the Cai Beo archaeological site on Cat Ba island, northern Hai Phong port city.

According to Director of the Hai Phong Museum Nguyen Phuc Tho, the museum coordinated with the Viet Nam Archaeological Institute in December to excavate the Cai Beo site. Findings at the site included hundreds of stone objects such as axes, spearheads and pestles, and thousands of ceramic pieces such as pots, bowls, plates and other daily objects.

Related Books:
Some references to the Ha Long culture can be found in
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