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Archaeological site finds unique jewellery in Quang Nam (April 25, 2003)

Vietnamese and German archaeologists have found a precious collection of jewellery - the most unique in Southeast Asia - during an excavation in the central province of Quang Nam.

The result came after half a month of excavating 22 jar-shaped graves in Lai Nghi, Dien Nam and Dien Ban district.

Dr Andreas Reinecke, member of the archaeologist group, showed reporters the jewellery collection of more than 3,000 beads made of different materials found in the graves. He said he was certain that this was the most unique jewellery in Southeast Asia, a symbol of the Sa Huynh Civilisation dating back to over 2,000 years in the central region of Vietnam.

He added that he had joined many excavations in China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Cambodia but he had never seen such precious artefacts.

Doctor Lam Thi My Dung, deputy head of the History Department of Hanoi University of Social Science and Humanities, said: “We have found 22 jar-shaped graves with precious objects buried with dead people yet to be found in tens of excavations of archaeological sites of the Sa Huynh Civilisation.”

Archaeologist Nguyen Chieu said he believed that there was a culture and trade exchange in the region between locals and foreign traders more than 2,000 years ago.

This is the second excavation, which lasted from March 25 until April 15, in Lai Nghi archaeological site. Local people were the first discoverers of the site of jar-shaped graves in Lai Nghi village. Mr Dang Dang, 44, discovered many strange pieces of ceramics during his construction of a toilet in his garden. He then reported to the Quang Nam Museum.

Tuoi Tre (Young People) newspaper

Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper


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