Prehistoric grave goods found in cave in Vietnam

Artefacts dating to the Ha Long culture (c. 4000 years BP) are uncovered in a current excavation underway at a cave site in northeastern Vietnam.

VietNamNetBridge, 19 March 2008

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The Ha Long culture apparently developed within the region, and is one of the early identifiable forms of material culture in Vietnam.

Archaeologists excavated tombs in Dong Trong Cave and found many pots, jars, human and animal bones. They also collected many grindstones and some pieces of pottery at the cave door. These are remains of the Ha Long culture and the cave was the home of prehistoric Ha Long men.

Related Books:
Historical Dictionary of Ancient Southeast Asia by J. N. Miksic
The Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia: From 10,000 B.C. to the Fall of Angkor by C. Higham
Early Cultures of Mainland Southeast Asia

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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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