Treasure hunters dive in the Huong River

Treasure hunters seek a range of ancient treasures – from stone tools to ceramics – in the Perfume River leading to Hue.

Huong River divers find treasure trove of antiquities [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 01 Oct 2012

Over three decades ago, a scrap merchant got an “amazingly” high price for a ceramic item he found on the bed of the Huong (Perfume) River in the former imperial city of Hue.

Since then, several divers joined the business of searching for antiques on the riverbed, and many precious items have been found.

Nguyen Van Can and Pham Van Thuan are among these antique seekers, and both of them have over 20 years of experience on the job.

They say the Huong River is over 100km long but the antiques are to be found on a 20km stretch in the lower reaches that run from Long Tho Hill to the Thuan An Estuary.

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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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