More on 3,000 year-old artefacts found in central Vietnam

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This week, a team of Vietnamese archaeologists unearthed a cache of 3,000 year-old artifacts in central Vietnam. 

The 2,500-year-old earring uncovered at a dig site in the Ham Thuan Bac District in the central coastal province of Binh Thuan [Credit: Thanh Nien]

Experts from the General Museum in Quang Ngai Province announced that the find includes several artifacts that pre-date the Sa Huynh Culture (3,000 years ago). 

Sa Huynh was one of the three civilizations in Vietnam aside from the Oc Eo and Dong Son cultures. Several artifacts have been unearthed throughout Vietnam’s central region since 1923, when the French expanded what is now Highway 1A. 

The items were unearthed after a month-long excavation project in the province’s Tang River in Tay Tra District. 

The payload includes ten burial jars and a number of ceramic burial items. 

The artifacts are decorated in a unique and sophisticated manner, according to the museum’s director, Dr. Doan Ngoc Khoi. 

The recent discoveries closely resemble items unearthed at the Long Thanh archaeological site in Duc Pho District, according to Khoi. 

This represents the first pre-Sa Huynh Era discovery in the province’s mountains. 

The Sa Huynh culture cremated adults and buried them in jars covered with lids, a practice unique to the culture. Ritually broken offerings usually accompanied the burial jars. 

On June 30, a 2,500-year-old earring dating back to Sa Huynh Culture was uncovered at a dig site in the Ham Thuan Bac District in the central coastal province of Binh Thuan. 

According to Nguyen Xuan Ly, director of the provincial museum, the earring (which was made from light blue glass and decorated with two animal heads) is the first of its kind to be unearthed in the province. 

The item was found inside a buried ceramic jar along with various ceramic objects and working tools, made from stone and copper. 

Source: Thanh Nien News [July 08, 2011]

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