Tran Dynasty finds from the Trang An scenic landscape complex

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Artefacts from the Vu Lam royal step-over place. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150616

Archaeologists have discovered artefacts possibly dating to the 13-15th century Tran Dynasty in the Trang An Scenic Complex in Vietnam’s Ninh Binh province.

Artefacts from the Vu Lam royal step-over place. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150616

Artefacts from the Vu Lam royal step-over place. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150616

Valuable relics discovered in Ninh Binh
Viet Nam Net, 16 June 2015

Archeologists from the Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology have discovered numerous valuable relics in the Vu Lam royal step-over place, located within the Trang An scenic landscape complex.
The discovery includes clay for pottery, trees submerged in black mud, earth road and stones for road embankment or for building river wharfs.

In addition, the experts have also collected more than 5,000 broken pieces of surfaces and 940 pieces of various relics such as enamel pottery, crockery or rice that has turned into coal. They said the site might have been the place for making enamel pottery during the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400).

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13th-century cemetary to be open to public

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17 June 06 (Viet Nam News) – A hidden complex of tombs from the Tran-Le Dynasty in the 13th century will be open to public in a bid to develop regional tourism. The tombs were hidden in caves on a sheer rock face, effectively cutting them from human access. While the development plans will include the building of roads and other tourist amenities to make the cave more accessible, there is also the tantalising prospect of other similar mortuary caves hidden in the region.


13th-century tomb to be open to public

Deep inside the relatively modest Pha Hang Mountain in the province of Thanh Hoa rests a treasure trove of coffins dating back to the 13th century.

The remarkable finds, about 160km from Ha Noi, have remained off limits to the public since their discovery a decade ago.

But now, provincial officials are opening the doors to the Tran-Le dynasties cemetery as part of VND22 billion programme to open the region to tourism.

While Pha Hang is far from grandiose, it’s sheer rock face has for centuries hid the bounty within.

That all changed in 1997 when a local villager ambled into the cave while searching for a runaway goat. What he found amazed archaeologists.

The 10m-high and 30m-deep cave was divided into three sections, like an ancient house, said Nguyen Gia Doi from the Archaeology Institute of Viet Nam. Two big doors let the air and sun into the cave, helping dry out the area.

There are more than 100 wooden coffins in all, ranging in size from large to small and containing the bodies of children and adults. Whittled from tree trunks, they line the walls of the cave, balanced on shelves carved into the rock. It is considered the largest cemetery of its kind in the country.

Doi, who has spent 10 years studying the find, believes the remains likely belong to members of the Thai ethnic minority who have lived in the area for thousands of years.

Read more about the mortuary caves in Thanh Hoa Province.

Private museum displays antique collection in Thanh Hoa Province

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21 November 2006 (Vietnam News) – A private museum opens in Vietnam featuring antiquities.

Private museum displays antique collection in Thanh Hoa Province

Hoang Long Antique Museum, the first private museum in the central province of Thanh Hoa, officially opened its doors to the public at an inaugural ceremony on Sunday.

A 350sq.m area has been devoted to displaying nearly 1,000 antiques, reflecting the social changes that have shaped life in Thanh Hoa Province since early times.

The museum currently owns more than 5,600 articles, relics and some valuable collectibles, such as bronze drums, Dong Son ceramics, ceramics from the Ly and Tran dynasties, ancient jewelry and even cannons.

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Capital city excavates millenary-old altar

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19 November 2006 (Thanh Nien News)

Thanh Nien News, 19 Nov 2006

Capital city excavates millenary-old altar

Archaeologists in Hanoi affirmed Thursday that the ancient structure found some weeks ago by a roadwork unit was the Xa Tac (State) altar that Ly Dynasty had built some 1,000 years ago.

They have since Oct. 30 studied three excavated areas around a 100 meter square site under the Kim Lien-O Cho Dua road in Dong Da District, discovering a brick foundation, yard, walls, glasses, and porcelains of three successive dynasties – Ly (1009-1225), Tran (1225-1400), Le (1428-1527).

Coffins thought to date back to Tran Dynasty

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21 October 2006 (Viet Nam News)

Coffins thought to date back to Tran Dynasty

The coffins of a presumably powerful Tran Dynasty couple were recently excavated at the Ao Dinh archaeological site in the northern province of Ninh Binh’s Gia Vien District.

The grave contains one rectangular and one boat-shaped coffin, both of which are covered by two outer enclosures. The inner and outer coffins were carved from the fragrant ngoc am wood, which can resist insects, according to the archaeological team of Ninh Binh Museum.