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6 August 2006
Ancient fishing village unearthed in Vietnam

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a fishing village believed to be 3,500 years old in the central province of Khanh Hoa (Vietnam). The archaeological site is believed to be the oldest fishing village in the central province of Khanh Hoa, said archaeologists. According to research released by the Vietnam Institute of Archeology and the Khanh Hoa Museum on July 28, the site belonged to an archaeological type called shell-mounds or " kjokkenmodding" (kitchen middens ) dating back about 3,500 years ago.
     Following excavations at an existing archaeological site - Cam Ranh town's Van Tu Dong area - Tran Quy Thinh, head of the research group, said four stoves, 261 stone artefacts, 84 bone spearheads, 26 complete pots, thousands of shards of pottery, and many animal bones had been unearthed, approximately 120cm under the surface. They also found several bones used to knit fishing nets and make fishing tools, and the remains of 18 species of scallops in the phylum Mollusca. (VNA)

Sources: Mham Dan (31 July 2006), Viet Nam News, Vietnamnet (1 August 2006)

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