via Vietnam Plus, 28 July 2023: An archaeological team from the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and the Bac Kan provincial museum discovered nearly 200 relics, including stone, bone, and pottery items dating back approximately 8,000 to 10,000 years ago at caves in the northern province of Bac Kan. The findings indicate traces of prehistoric people, early Neolithic inhabitants, and Metal Age settlers.
The team discovered an oval flat piece of rock drilled at the small end of the piece and believed that this may be jewelry quite rare in prehistoric relics in Vietnam. The presence of many stones, raw pebbles, stones with burrs, and scraps, proves that the tool processing was carried out on-site.
Associate Professor, Dr. Trinh Nang Chung said the researchers initially assumed that Tham Un 2 cave is a residence of many generations of prehistoric people. The early inhabitants belonged to the Early Neolithic period, dating from 8,000 to 10,000 years ago.
It is believed that for several decades, the site was uninhabited. Besides, about 3,000 to 2,500 years ago, inhabitants of the Metal Age came to live here for a short time, leaving their traces through ceramic relics.