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June, 07 2007 00:00:00

Prehistoric human skeleton unearthed

Prehistoric human skeleton unearthed

(08-06-2007)

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.

Archaeologists also 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

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