New Vietnamese archeological findings announced in Hue
Update: Oct 03, 2018
Archeologists delivered 356 reports on the new archeological findings around Viet Nam at an announcement event held for the sector during the weekend in the city of Hue.  

Pottery items excavated from rivers in Thua Thien-Hue. They are stored at the home
of late researcher Ho Tan Phan, a pioneer of underwater archaeology in the locality

The reports were issued in four fields, of which prehistory archeology issued 115 reports, history archeology 184, Champa-Oc Eo archeology 41, and underwater archeology 10. Six other reports addressed general issues.

The reports included results of investigations and excavations, new findings and new methodologies for the period of 2017-2018.

The prehistory archeology reports explained remarkable new findings thanks to the excavations at Roc Tung archeological sites in Gia Lai Province’s An Khe Township. At the sites, archeologists found stone axes that are believed to date to the pre-Epipaleolithic era found at sites in Central Highlands.

In the northern province of Tuyen Quang, scientists in late September announced the discovery of various traces of early people living 4,000 years ago in several caves in Pu Chua.

Other interesting findings of prehistory archeology were made in Krong No volcanic cave and Dac Son site in Dak Nong Province as well as some others in Dak Lak, Son La and Lang Son.

Excavations in the relics of Luy Lau ancient wall in Bac Ninh and Kinh Thien palace in Ha Noi, and Hai Van Quan ancient gate in Thua Thien-Hue were part of the work of historic archaeologists.

The Champa-Oc Eo archeology branch reported on the recent excavations including Phong Le tower in Da Nang, Champa pottery workshop site Go Cay Me in Binh Dinh, and architectural relic An Phong in Ben Tre.

Underwater archeologists listed the excavation of sunken ships in Lang Co in Thua Thien-Hue and in Binh Chau in Quang Ngai during the period.

“The new findings have offered more materials for the historical study of Vietnamese people. These will contribute much for the conservation and promotion of local culture and traditions in the context of global integration,” said Bui Van Liem, deputy director of the Viet Nam Institute of Archeology.

According to the institute’s director Nguyen Giang Hai, it will work closely with Russian archeologists to enhance the scientific values of those findings in An Khe as well as UNESCO experts in developing the local underwater branch.

 It also has plans to trace the DNA of those found in Tuyen Quang to find out the origin of the people.