Ancient megalith found in Vietnam

A new megalith has been discovered in the Vinh Phuc province, made up of a large three-metre slab of rock propped on top of four large slabs bried in the ground. Megalithic traditions have been found in many parts of Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Indonesia, but are poorly understood in the larger archaeological context.

2,000 year-old megalith uncovered in Tam Dao

Vietnam Net Bridge, 21 May 2009

Researchers from the Vietnam Archaeology Institute and the Hanoi University of Culture have discovered a megalith of nearly 2,000 years old in Tao Dao district, Vinh Phuc province.

The megalith of over three metres long, over one metre wide, and nearly 0.5 metres thick looks like a boat. It is propped up on four big rocks which are buried deep in the earth, which are also megaliths.

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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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