via Viet Nam Net, 05 April 2019: Results from a Russian-Vietnamese investigation of the An Khe site in Gia Lai province.
Over 1,000 stone objects and 600 pieces of meteorite dating back 800,000 years have been unearthed at archaeological sites in An Khe, the central highlands province of Gia Lai.
The results of the dig were announced at an international workshop gathering 200 international scholars held at the site at the end of March.
Over the past five years, archaeologists from the Viet Nam Archaeology Institute and Russia Science Academy have discovered 24 Paleolithic sites, four of which have been excavated, including Go Da, Roc Tung 1, Roc Tung 4 and Roc Tung 7.
Russian experts brought the meteorite home and conducted further analysis. They found that the meteorite samples gathered at the Go Da site (An Binh Ward) were around 806,000 years old and samples from Roc Tung 1 dated back 782,000 years.
Vietnam for the first time discovered early Paleolithic sites inside cultural layer with stone tools and tektites believed to date back 770,000-800,000 years ago, according to Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) on Monday.
This is likely considered the most ancient mark ever-known on the appearance of human and their culture in Vietnam, the VASS said in Hanoi on Friday while announcing on preliminary results of archaeological study in An Khe town of Vietnam’s Central Highlands Gia Lai province.
In 2014, while implementing a ministerial level scientific project, archaeologists discovered five early Paleolithic sites in An Khe town, said Nguyen Gia Doi, Deputy Director of Institute of Archaeology under the VASS.