4,000-year-old skeleton found in Vietnam

A 4,000-year-old skeleton has been found buried in a cave in the mountainous Tuyen Quang Province.

06 June 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – A 4,000-year-old skeleton has been found buried in a cave in the mountainous Tuyen Quang Province.

4,000-year-old remains found in Tuyen Quang province

The remains of a person which archaeologists believe were interred around 4,000 years ago have been found at Son Phu commune in Na Hang district of the northern mountainous province of Tuyen Quang.

The remains along with artifacts that were also discovered were found in the Phia Mon cave by members of the provincial museum and the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology.

From measuring the remains, archaeologists believe the person was around 1.65m in height and that the hundreds of discovered artifacts are between 6,000-7,000 and 4,000 years old.


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) – has a paper on establishing C14 dates for Vietnamese prehistory
Burnished Beauty. The Art of Stone in Early Southeast Asia by C. J. Frape

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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