human skeleton unearthed
TUYEN QUANG —
Archaeologists have unearthed a prehistoric human skeleton buried in a cave in
northern province of Tuyen Quang.
The skeleton, which
measures 1.65m in length, was buried lying on its back with its hands facing
downwards. A number of prehistoric tools were also found lying in the grave in
Phia Mon, Son Phuc Commune in Na Hang District.
Archaeologists from the
Viet Nam Archaeological Institute and Tuyen Quang Museum said the skeleton dated
back to the late Stone Age, around 4,000 years ago. They said stones had been
piled up around the grave to make an oval-shaped burial mound that is very
unusual for the period.
unearthed Neolithic artefacts similar to those found at nearby sites date back
to the Hoa Binh culture around 6,000-7,000 years ago.
Tragically, Son Phu -
along with Thuy Loa, Yen Hoa communes - is due to be flooded when Tuyen Quang
hydroelectric power plant becomes operational. Archaeologists have called on the
local authorities to give them enough time to properly excavate the area before
it is flooded. — VNS