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Archaeologists find prehistoric artefacts in Ha Giang cave

Update: November, 16/2010 - 09:22

HA GIANG — Ancient artefacts dating back 4,000-7,000 years have been found in a cave in the northern province of Ha Giang's Bac Me District.

Trinh Nang Chung, head of the excavation team, said two tombs have been excavated in the Khuoi Nang Cave.

Archaeologists said one of the tombs contained the bone fragments and teeth of an adult male, while the other held a child whose sex has yet to be determined. The grave of the adult also contained stone tools.

Archaeologists also found hundreds of stone tools in the cave, including hatchets, hoes and knives, together with heaps of red stone powder, which they believe is painted on the corpse so that the dead person reaches the afterlife.

Chung said prehistoric people of the Hoa Binh – Bac Son culture, dating from 6,000-7,000 years ago, first lived in the cave. The latest traces date back 4,000 years.

Painting by Vietnamese Emperor Ham Nghi to be auctioned

HA NOI — Chieu Ta (Sunset), a painting by Viet Nam's Emperor Ham Nghi (1871-1943), will go under the hammer at an auction in Paris on Sunday.

The painting has been exhibited at No 5 Avenue d'Eylau in Paris and at the Drouot Hotel.

Emperor Ham Nghi painted the piece in 1915 while he was living in the Gia Long Villa in Alger, Algeria.

Ham Nghi was the eighth Emperor in Viet Nam's Nguyen Dynasty. He ruled for only one year (1884-85). Together with kings Thanh Thai and Duy Tan, Ham Nghi conducted several activities to fight against the French colonists. In 1885, he led the large-scale Can Vuong uprising against French rule.

Ham Nghi was arrested by the French and exiled to Algeria in 1888. He died in 1943 and was buried in Aquitaine, France.

US charity Sister City Committee donates books to Vietnamese kids

HCM City — FedEx and the San Francisco-HCM City Sister City Committee have once again collaborated to deliver books to children in Viet Nam via HCM City's General Sciences Library.

FedEx has been shipping books free from the US to HCM City for the last three years.

The San Francisco-HCM City Sister City Committee has already donated 700 books to children in Viet Nam, covering topics such as the history and culture of the US.

Charles Belle, from the committee, said: "We are delighted to be supporting this endeavour, and hope that it will be of interest and bring enjoyment to Vietnamese children and enable them to learn more about the world."

Woman's paintings celebrate Teachers' Day in Hue City

THUA THIEN – HUE — An exhibition celebrating Teachers' Day on November 20 has opened in Hue City.

The Tray Hoi (Travelling to Festivals) exhibit contains 28 oil and acrylic paintings by Nguyen Hung, a teacher of arts at the Chu Van An Secondary School.

The works, based on folk woodblock paintings from the well-known Sinh Village in Hue, carry the breath of modern life in their new designs.

Many of the works depict traditional festivals that are losing their value in today's society.

The Tray Hoi is the first exhibition of a teacher in Hue. The works can be seen until November 22 at the exhibition house at 26 Le Loi Street in Hue. — VNS

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