A neolithic cave site, dating as far back as 10,000 BCE has been discovered in northeastern province of Cao Bang. Among the finds are stone tools and red minerals used to make body paints.
Neolithic remains found in VN cave [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 31 October 2008
26 July 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) –
Vestiges of primitive residents discovered in Cao Bang
Archeologists have recently discovered some vestiges of primitive people living around ten thousand years ago in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang.
Since July 2007, the Archeological Institute and Cao Bang Museum have worked together to investigate the limestone area in Hoa An district and found signs of primitive residents in Nguom Boc Cave in Hong Viet commune.
The investigation team unearthed tens of stone working tools and food left by primitive people about 4.2 m underground. All of these tools were made from river pebbles by rudimentary techniques.
The Nguom Boc Cave collection suggests that Nguom Boc was inhabited by primitive people living in the transition period between the Old and New Stone ages, or early Hoa Binh Culture, about 10,000 years ago.
For further reading about the Hoa Binh culture:
– Southeast Asia: From Prehistory to History by P. S. Bellwood and I. Glover (Eds)
– The Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia: From 10,000 B.C. to the Fall of Angkor by C. Higham
10 July 2007 (Thanh Nien News) – There’s something wrong with this story. Can archaeologists “find” a bridge when it has been still in use for the last 250 years? I mean, if I stumble across a Dong Son drum underneath a metre of dirt, I could say I “found” it. But here, this bridge has been in constant use to modern times, so why should anyone lay claim to “finding” it? I should go downstairs now to “find” a car.
Bridge, over 250 years old, found in Vietnam
Vietnamese archaeologists have discovered a stone bridge dating back from the time of King Le Canh Hung (1740-1786) in the northern Cao Bang province.
The experts from the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology and provincial museum found the 260-year-old bridge in Hung Quoc town in good condition and still being used by people.
The museum director, Phung Chi Kien, said the bridge was vaulted, 4.75m long, and 2.46m wide.
It had been built using large stones, the biggest of which was 1.73m long, 0.34m wide and 0.24m high, he said.
Near the bridge is a stele placed in 1831 by the Nguyen dynastyâ€™s Emperor Minh Mang. It says: The bridge was built during King Le Canh Hungâ€™s reign 1749 and repaired during Emperor Minh Mangâ€™s reign in 1831.
It will be preserved by the provinceâ€™s culture and information agency.
Books about the Vietnamese kingdoms and dynasties:
– Vietnam: An Illustrated History (Illustrated Histories) by L. S. Woods
– Nguyen Cochinchina: Southern Vietnam in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Studies on Southeast Asia) by T. Li