Once-secret CIA records reveal gift of ancient stone jar

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via the Star Tribune, 01 October 2017: How a stone jar ended up in the United States during the Vietnam War.

Earlier this year, a researcher at Concordia University in St. Paul was combing through declassified CIA records and discovered an intriguing stone legacy of the Vietnam War.

At the height of the conflict, CIA Director Richard Helms received a gift from Gen. Vang Pao, leader of the Hmong forces fighting the CIA-led “secret war” in Laos.

It was a massive, ancient sandstone jar, one of hundreds that jut from the ground of the legendary Plain of Jars in northern Laos. At that time, Vang Pao’s army was fighting a bloody battle with the North Vietnamese on the plain, with U.S. bombers pounding the terrain and thousands of Laotians on the run.

Source: Once-secret CIA records reveal gift of ancient stone jar – StarTribune.com

Excavations of Burial Sites at Vietnamese Re-Education Camps by The Returning Casualty

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And now, for archaeology of a more recent time. The Returning Casualty is a American-Vietnamese charity  whose work involves the excavation of camp cemeteries so the remains of the soldiers can be returned to their families after DNA testing. Julie Martin, who is studying for an MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at Cranfield University in the UK shares her recent work with The Returning Casualty at a 2010 excavation in Yen Bai Province. [Text and photos by Julie Martin.]

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Bomb defused in My Son Sanctuary

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14 May 2007 (Nhan Dan) – Fortunately, it’s nothing like terrorism news, but rather an old -but dangerous- relic from the past.

Nhan Dan, 14 May 2007

500-kg bomb in world heritage site defused

The management board of the My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam province said engineers had succeeded in defusing a 500-kilogramme bomb in the B tower area on May 11.

The bomb may have remained since the US army bombed the My Son Sanctuary in 1972.