A restaurant owner in Hanoi is in the possession of two unusual wooden anchors that were recovered from the Red River.
Red River treasure amazes global antique enthusiasts
Vietnam Net, 02 August 2014
Two wooden anchors retrieved from the Red River and possessed by a restaurant owner in Hanoi has received a lot of attention of domestic and foreign archaeologists for their historical value.
Quach Van Dich, proprietor of a beer garden in Chuong Duong Ward near the Red River, recalled that he bought a two-arm wooden anchor from a fisherman near the bank of the Red River on a summer day in 1999.
The strange anchor surprised Dich at first sight. Its central shank was nearly 10m long. Two arms carrying flukes were attached to the shank by a steel belt and tied by a shabby robe.
Dich thought the anchor might have been erected at the entrance gate of the Red River wharf to attract travellers on a river tour. Examining the wooden object carefully, he found it had the dark-grey colour that aroused his curiosity.
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