Jar burials recovered from Vietnam's Phu Yen province

Archaeologist recover hundreds of jar burials from Phu Yen Province.

Hundreds of jar tombs unearthed in Phu Yen
Vietnam Net Bridge, 24 May 2010

Hundreds of “jar tombs” (urns) have been discovered in a ten hectare area along the banks of Ky Lo River in Phu Yen province.

The urns are of different sizes, ranging from 1.2 to over 2m long and 0.5-0.6m wide, and were found along the Ky Lo River in the two villages of Tan and Tan Phu in Xuan Son Nam commune.

At the archaeological site, hundreds of terra-cotta jar jars have been unearthed. They are oval, with two open tips like doors. Apart from broken pieces of the jar is debris from bowls, plates and white bricks, which are very thin but heavy.

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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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