20,000-year-old prehistoric sites found in Vietnam


Share post:

Archaeologists have discovered prehistoric sites dating back 20,000 years in Bao Thang district of the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, said Associate Professor Dr. Trinh Nang Chung from the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology on August 20.

20,000-year-old prehistoric sites found in Vietnam
Some of the stone tools found in Lao Cai [Credit: VNA]

The sites are in Khu Den and Ngoi Bat in Gia Phu commune, Soi Gia in Xuan Quang commune, and Ngoi Nhu in Son Ha commune.

In areas covering about 20,000 square metres, hundreds of stone artefacts belonging to several prehistoric eras have been unearthed.

The oldest items are working tools made from pebbles found in rivers and springs and dating back 20,000 years.

They also include stone axes and disk-shaped tools dating back to Hoa Binh culture in the New Stone Age about 8,000-9,000 years ago. 4,000-year-old polished axes were also found.

According to Chung, Ngoi Nhu was an uninterrupted residence of prehistoric people in Lao Cai and perhaps a large metal centre in the time of Hung Kings (2879-258 BC).

The excavation is still underway.

Source: Vietnam Plus [August 20, 2015]



Related articles

200,000 year old Stone Age tools found in Chhattisgarh

In a sensational archaeological discovery, Stone Age implements, believed to be 200,000 years old, were found at a...

Remains of bishop beheaded by Ottomans among finds uncovered in Protaras

Antiquities dating back to the time of Nicocreon, king of Salamis in Cyprus, at the time of Alexander...

Step into the dive boots of a maritime archaeologist

University of Western Australia’s Madeline McAllister offers a view into the method behind documenting underwater shipwrecks like the...

Study finds climate helped guide early Pacific seafarers

The colonization of far-flung Remote Oceania some 3,400 years ago was one of the most ambitious and expansive...

11,100-year-old stone fish trap discovered in southeast Alaska

A team of scientists exploring an underwater region of southern Southeast Alaska has discovered what might be the...

Sifting through the Sidon’s deadly history

Across the ruins of ancient Sidon, Matt Williams darts like one of the stick-like figures on the Mycenaean...

Study presents a taphonomic-forensic analysis of the skulls from the Sima de los Huesos site

Nohemi Sala, a researcher at the Centro Nacional de Investigacion sobre la Evolucion Humana (CENIEH), has just published...

1,898-year-old bronze military diploma found in ancient city of Perrhe in SE Turkey

Archaeologists have discovered a bronze military diploma dating back 1,898 years ago during excavations in the ancient city...