NÌNH BÌNH Archaeologists have recently found various traces of prehistoric people who lived some 10,000 years ago in Dơi Cave, Nho Quan District in the northern province of Ninh Bình.
Nguyễn Cao Tấn, deputy director of the provincial Culture and Sports Department, said experts from the Việt Nam Archaeology Institute, the Việt Nam History Institute and the department have done research at the cave as part of a research project on the region stretching from Bôi River junction to ancient Hoa Lư Citadel in the period of the beginning of Christian Era to the establishment of Đại Cồ Việt State (in 968).
Experts work in Dơi cave. Photo damtri.vn
The cave is located by the Na River, near Bài Ngô Mountain, Đầm Bái Village, Gia Tường Commune, Nho Quan District. The entrance of the cave is some 30m higher than the nearby rice field surface.
The inner portion of the cave covers a total area of some 200sq.m, where scientists have found many holes and a 2-metre layer of sediment of snail shells, oyster shells, and burnt animal bones, showing early humans used fire in the cave.
Sediment found at the cave. Photo dantri.vn
Archaeologists estimate the ancient people lived some 10,000 years ago.
Tấn said the findings are important for further research.
Earlier, experts found traces of early humans in Bụt Cave in Lạc Vân Commune from some 6,000 years ago.
They had also found traces in a larger area of Tràng An Landscape Complex and Kỳ Lân Mountain in Gia Phương Commune, Gia Viễn District dating back to 4,000 to 30,000 years ago. VNS