Vietnam conducted 400 excavations in the last year

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A meeting of archaeologists in Vietnam has revealed the vibrant state of archaeological research in the country, including conducting over 400 excavations in the last year, and reaching milestone years fro the Vietnam History Museum and the Vietnam Archaeology Institute.

Yearly archaeological results announced
Vietnam Net Bridge, 02 October 2008
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The mystery of the Vietnamese mummies

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24 November 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – The Vietnam Archaeology Institute take on the conservation of two 300-year-old preserved bodies of monks. The two mummies are regarded as sacred objects and how they came to be mummified (embalmed, really) is a mystery.

Vietnam Net Bridge, 24 Nov 2007

The mummies return
Duc Hanh heads to Dau pagoda where where two mysterious mummies have lived in silence for 300 years Past a lake and a number of paddy fields, the Dau pagoda sits in isolation near the outskirts of Gia Phuc village in Ha Tay province.

Although originally built in the 11th century under the Ly Dynasty, the pagoda bears the hallmarks of Le-Nguyen dynasty in the 17th century as a number of renovations occurred at that time. Dau pagoda is officially named Thanh Dao Tu or Phap Vu Tu and is dedicated to the Goddess of Rain.

But I’m here to meet two monks, who are shrouded in mystery. At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking these monks were just statues. But in actual fact these are a pair of monks, Vu Khac Minh and monk Vu Khac Truong, who lived in the pagoda more than 300 years ago, were embalmed and preserved after their death.

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3,000 year-old artefacts found in Dak Lak

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05 July 2007 (Nhan Dan) – Thousands of prehistoric artefacts found in Dak Lak province hint at a connection with material cultures at other neighbouring provinces. There’s also a mention about the previous story about the Dong Son drum find in the same province.

3,000 year-old artefacts found in Dak Lak

Vietnamese archaeologists have unearthed a significant cache of 3,000 year-old artefacts in Krong Pach district in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak.

“Thousands of ceramic pieces, hundreds of stone tools, including various axes and jewellery, and four tombs were found during an excavation conducted at the Rau village archaeological site in La hamlet, Hoa Tien commune,” Tran Quy Thinh from the Vietnam Archaeology Institute said.

Researchers said the objects reflect a close connection between ancient inhabitants of Dak Lak province and those living along the Dong Nai and Po Ko rivers in Kon Tum province and the Bien Ho (To Nung Lake) in Gia Lai province.

Read more about the finds at Dak Lak province.

More books about prehistoric Vietnam:
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)

Possible Vietnam prehistoric site to be submerged soon

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4 April 2007 (Thanh Nien News) – What is the best way to deal with a situation like this. The state decides to build a dam. Two months into the construction of the dam, a trove of archaeological artefacts are found, smack in the middle where the water catchment is supposed to be. Hopefully, the Vietnam Archaeology Institute will be able to organise a salvage dig.

Neolithic artifacts from Dak Nong province

Possible Vietnam prehistoric site to be submerged soon

A farmer in central Vietnam has collected over 1,000 suspected Neolithic Period artifacts found locally but the site of his farm is soon to be submerged under a dam.

Dr Nguyen Gia Doi of the Vietnam Archaeology Institute said the objects might date back to 3,500 – 4,000 BCE after visiting Nguyen The Vinh’s farm in the central highlands’ Dak Nong province.

Vinh has shards of pottery and tools like axes and spearheads, chisels, and pots all found inn the area in the last four years.


Related Books:
The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia (Cambridge World Archaeology) by C. Higham

Stone Age cave in central Vietnam has neighbor

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12 Sep 2006 (Thanh Nien News)

Stone Age cave in central Vietnam has neighbor

Vietnamese researchers, studying a grotto discovered a decade ago in which Paleolithic period tools were found, a few days ago stumbled upon another nearby also containing ancient tools. Experts from the Vietnam Archaeology Institute and the Quang Tri Museum in central Vietnam were researching the Hang Doi (bat) cave in Cam Lo district’s Dragon mountain when they found “Hang Doi 2”.

Excavation of Kon Tum site ends

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7 June 2006 (VietNamNet Bridge)

Excavation of Kon Tum site ends

At nine excavation sites in the bed of Pleikrong Reservoir, archaeologists from the Vietnam Archaeology Institute found over 48,000 objects and relics, including 127 kilns, 99 tombs, 970 stone items, five bronze items, 12 iron items and 68 pottery objects.

The dig uncovered relics from two to three different civilizations. All relics are located along the two banks of the Poko River, the source of abundant food and water for cultivation.