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1 January 2004
Prehistoric Vietnamese sites discovered

In Viet Nam's capital city, Ha Noi, archaeologists have found traces of ancient Vietnamese people from 3,500 to 4,000 years ago at the Co Loa citadel in the Ha Noi suburbs.
     One of the archaeological sites covers 132 square metres in Lo Khe village, Dong Anh district, where archaeologists unearthed objects believed to belong to the Bronze Age. These included 372 pieces of earthenware and a number of pieces of stone jewellery and tools. A basalt axe, a knife-grinding stone, and pieces of nephrite bracelets, typical of the Phung Nguyen culture existing between the 15th and the 20th centuries BCE were discovered. Archaeologists also discovered several holes of different sizes, containing pieces of earthenware.
     "We believe that they were tombs of ancient Vietnamese people from the Phung Nguyen culture," said Dr Lam Thi My Dung, an archaeologist who took part in the project. Archaeologists plan to expand the site to 3,000 square metres in the near future as part of an archaeological research programme in Ha Noi through 2010.   

Source: VNA (31 December 2003)

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