11 prehistoric burials from Vietnam

Archaeologists in Vietnam have discovered 11 burials dating to the Phung Nguyen period, approximately 4,000 years ago.

Ancient tomb site uncovered
Viet Nam News, 06 July 2010

Archaeologists working at a site in Ha Noi’s Dong Anh District have stumbled across 11 tombs dating back to the Phung Nguyen culture, days before they were about to wind up the dig.

The Phung Nguyen remains, the best-preserved of any found in and around the city, date back about 4,000 years, archaeologists from the Viet Nam Archaeology Institute said.

The tombs were discovered 1.5m below ground.

“All the tombs are of people who were living during the Phung Nguyen civilisation, date back 3,500 to 4,000 years,” said Lai Van Toi, PhD, who is in charge of excavating the site.

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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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