Ancient Vietnamese artifacts found in Spratlys islands

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Vietnamese archaeologists have announced the discovery of ancient Vietnamese artifacts in the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.

Ancient Vietnamese artifacts found in Spratlys islands
Ancient Vietnamese pottery shards discovered on and below the surface of Spratly Island,
 in the namesake archipelago, in June [Credit:: Nguyen Ngoc Quy]

 Recent excavations in the archipelago — Spratly Island, Namyit Island, Pearson Reef, and Sand Cay — in June yielded Vietnamese pottery shards that dated back to between the 13th and 19th centuries, archaeologists said.

Bui Van Liem, deputy director of the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology, said: “The results of the June explorations strengthened those of our explorations in Truong Sa in 1993, 1994, and 1999. They prove that Vietnamese people operated in the archipelago in the past.”

“The artifacts contribute to support Vietnam’s assertion of sovereignty over the Truong Sa archipelago,” said Liem.

Earlier this month, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) condemned China’s illegal construction work on Gac Ma (Johnson South Reef) in Vietnam’s Spratly Islands as a “serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty.”

Le Hai Binh, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Vietnam had sufficient legal and historical proof to assert its sovereignty over Truong Sa.

Author: Tran Dang |Source: Thanh Nien News [September 28, 2014]

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