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Millennia-old village unearthed in northern Vietnam

Millennia-old village unearthed in northern Vietnam

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 19:35 GMT+7

The vestiges of a 3,500-year-old village have been discovered in the northern province of Tuyen Quang and considered part of a thriving ancient culture.

Vietnamplus – a member of the Vietnam News Agency – on Tuesday cited Associate Professor Trinh Nang Chung, of the Institute of Archeology, as saying that archeologists have found a 10,000m² ruin on Bai Soi mound.

Located along the banks of the Pho Day River in Son Duong District, the ruin belongs to Phung Nguyen Culture, which is an early Bronze Age civilization dating back around 3,500-4,000 years ago, according to Associate Professor Chung.

The ruins of the civilization are believed to be first unearthed in the northern province of Phu Tho, and later in Hanoi, Hai Phong City and several other northern provinces.

The civilization was of immense cultural importance to the establishment of Vietnam in its early days, Associate Professor Chung said.

The latest excavation uncovered over 400 artifacts, mostly pottery fragments, stone household and production tools, and a small number of bones, the archeologist added.

The pottery broken items feature diverse patterns.

The findings, including a rarely found pebble, shed more light on Phung Nguyen Culture and its origin.

Though human remains were not found in this excavation, the two newly-discovered large holes and a ceramic pot are suggestive of tombs, Associate Professor Chung noted.

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