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Excavation of ancient tomb made public in Binh Dinh

Update: November, 23/2015 - 08:12

The ancient tomb was believed to be seriously damaged.

BINH DINH (VNS) — The initial analysis of an ancient tomb excavated in An Nhon District in the central coastal province of Binh Dinh has been made known.

According to archaeologists, the tomb contained a mummified man aged from 67 to 70 years old. He was believed to be Vietnamese based on the characteristics of his nasal cavity and orbit.

Dr Nguyen Lan Cuong, head of the excavating team, told Viet Nam News, that the Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology decided to excavate and research this tomb as it was located in a residential area which had been reconstructed.

"This area had been dug up by locals for building houses, so it was harder to study the mummy because water had leaked into the tomb," he said. "We hope we can find out more about the embalming skills and funeral processes by studying this newly-found mummy."

The ancient tomb was dated back to the 19th century. The locals discovered it on October 12 when they were constructing roads for a resettlement plan. — VNS

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