2nd century tomb unearthed on mountainside

A Dong Son period tomb comprising of a boat coffin, human statues and domestic items were unearthed near Hai Phon City in Vietnam.

Ancient tomb dated back 1,800 years unearthed
Nhan Dan, 30 October 2009

An ancient tomb with exterior and interior coffins has been unearthed in the northern port city of Hai Phong , according to the city’s museum.

The tomb was found by construction workers who were digging into the Thanh Den mountain’s side of the Tan Phu Xuan cement plant.

The exterior coffin is made from large pieces of ironwood while its boat-shaped interior coffin is carved out from a big tree trunk, a style belonging to the Dong Son culture, which existed more than 2,000 years ago.

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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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