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Old tomb probed for clues to Le dynasty

Update: December, 13/2013 - 09:40

HA NOI (VNS)— A 300 year-old woman's tomb has recently been unearthed and is now studied by archaeologists.

The remains were of a woman over 60 years-old, standing about 1.65m, with her teeth dyed black, as was the popular fashion of that time, according to Prof Nguyen Lan Cuong, deputy General Secretary of the Viet Nam Archaeologist Association.

"She was buried in a coffin containing many delicate patterned silk," he said, "There is a coin in her mouth. The body was wrapped inside three layers of cotton cloth, which were tied beautifully. There are also some ten shirts and a pair of pants. The cloth patterns are defined as belonging to the Later Le dynasty [1427-1789]."

The tomb was discovered earlier this month at an irrigation construction site in Quoc Oai District of Ha Noi. — VNS

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