More rock art discovered in Ha Giang Province

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Rock engravings in Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. Source: Viet Nam News 20150123

More engraved boulders have been discovered in Vietnam’s northern Ha Giang province – unsurprising, as other engraved rock art have previously been reported there and in neighbouring Lao Cai province. I am a little irked about the ‘triangles symbolising female reproductive organs’. All the other shapes are described as shapes. Why do the triangles get special treatment?

Rock engravings in Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. Source: Viet Nam News 20150123

Rock engravings in Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. Source: Viet Nam News 20150123

Experts study ancient carvings found in Ha Giang
Viet Nam News, 23 January 2015

Archaeologists recently discovered more than 100 stone carvings on a high mountain in the northern Ha Giang province.

The carvings, believed to date back to the 10th century AD and made spontaneously on large stones with metal tools, comprise symbolic circles, spirals, rectangular patterns and parallel lines, besides triangles symbolising the female reproductive organs.

Full story here.

New archaeological sites found in the Dong Van Karst Plateau

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Dong Van Karst Plateau. Source: Vietnam Net 20140809

Recent work in Vietnam’s Ha Giang Province has revealed a number of prehistoric sites, all on the Dong Van Karst Plateau.

Dong Van Karst Plateau. Source: Vietnam Net 20140809

Dong Van Karst Plateau. Source: Vietnam Net 20140809

More prehistoric vestiges discovered in Dong Van Karst Plateau
Vietnam Net, 09 August 2014

Discovery illuminates ancient VN
Viet Nam News, 09 August 2014

20-millennia-old tools found in karst plateau in Vietnam
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The Ha Giang engraved rock field

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One of the better-known rock art sites in Vietnam is the field of engraved boulders located in Sa Pa in Vietnam’s northern Lao Cai province. In neighbouring Ha Giang Province, another set of engraved boluders have been found in the last decade – this is the Nam Dan rock field.

Nam Dan rock field in Ha Giang Province, Vietnam Net Bridge 20110601

Enigmatic ancient rock field in Ha Giang
Vietnam Net Bridge, 01 June 2011
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Another ancient stone slab discovered in Ha Giang

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19 January 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – I’ve got no information on the other stone slabs.

Another ancient stone slab discovered in Ha Giang

A 3 sq. m wide slab of stone believed to be an altar for prehistoric people has been discovered in Xin Man district, northern mountainous Ha Giang province.

The stone slab is propped up on three stone pillars, 200m away from a field discovered two years ago full of ancient stone slabs with strange carvings.

Archaeologists from the Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology are now studying the significance of the carvings and odd patterns on the stone, to try to come up with ways of preserving them from the ravages of time and weather.