Archaeologists investigate large brick tomb in Vietnam

Vietnamese archaeologists investigate a large three-chambered brick tomb in Quang Ninh Province. The tombs, approximately 2,000 years old, are thought to be similar to some Chinese tombs of the same time.

Brick tombs in Quang Ninh Province, Viet Nam News 20110406

Ancient catacomb complex explored
Viet Nam News, 06 April 2011

A major catacomb complex hidden for almost 2,000 years in the northern mining province of Quang Ninh provides a glimpse into the past, Huy Thong reports.
The tomb is located in Nam Village, Quang Ninh Province. According to locals, the tomb is called Ho Cua (Wealth Cave). It is thought the complex was constructed about 1,800 years ago.
In 2002, Yen Hung District’s culture authority began to take action to preserve the tomb by building a surrounding wall and roof on it.

Hearing of the ancient catacomb, Ha Noi-based archaeologists have visited the site and collected some ceramic relics and artefacts for further study. Some of the relics and objects found in the tomb are now displayed at the Bach Dang Museum of the Quang Ninh Province.

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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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