New artefacts shed light on North Vietnam's prehistory

Recently-concluded excavations in Vietnam’s Dien Bien province promises to shed light on the development of prehistoric settlements in this region.

Unearthed artefacts handed to museum
Viet Nam News, 17 August 2010

More than 28,400 artefacts unearthed at six excavation sites in the Son La Hydro-electricity Plant reservoir have been handed over to the Dien Bien Museum.

The objects, unearthed by Viet Nam Archaeology Institute graduates, have been identified as being from the Palaeolithic era (around 20,000 years ago) to Neolithic (3,000-4,000 years ago). They were found at Huoi So, Tua Thang communes and Muong Lay town of Dien Bien District.

They include simple tools like stone pestles, mortars, and ceramic objects.

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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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