Tuesday, October 03, 2006

2,500 year-old Sa-Huynh jars unearthed in Hue, Vietnam

Some jars and other artifacts from a Sa-Huynh site have been found in Vietnam.

The lingling-o pendants discussed in this blog are associated particularly with Sa-Huynh culture of Vietnam and the Kalanay culture of the Philippines.

Paul Kekai Manansala

2,500 year-old jars unearthed


HUE CITY — Archaeologists have just finished their three-week excavation to unearth 30 jar tombs from a resident’s garden in Hue City.

The ground is owned by Nguyen Cong Man, who discovered the objects while digging up dirt to plant trees one month ago. He informed city authorities who permitted the excavation project in Phu O Village, Huong Chu Commune of the city’s Huong Tra District.

According to initial estimations from archaeologists of Hue City’s Revolution and History Museum and the Viet Nam History Museum, the discoveries belonged to the Sa Huynh inhabitants 2,500 years ago. Twenty-five tombs remain intact.

Other artefacts have been found at the site, including bones, trays, agate beads, earrings, pottery and Sa Huynh lamps.

In 2002, archaeologists unearthed nearly 100 jar tombs in Hai Dang Islet off the coast of Con Dao Island in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Experts dated the clay tombs, whose round form is thick in the middle and narrows at the neck, back between 2,000 and 2,500 years. — VNS