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Ancient highland relics unearthed in Pleiku (December 18, 2003)

On December 11, the Institute of Archaeology and Kon Tum Culture Department hosted a conference to report on their finds at the Pleiku excavations.

Twenty sites around the feeder lake for the Pleiku hydroelectric scheme have been excavated since the start of the year. The sites have yielded some interesting archaeologists insights in the prehistoric era in the Kon Tum area.

Six among the 20 sites cover a plethora of cultural eras, divulging many valuable relics. Thousands of pottery items and stone tools have been collected from the sites.

A variety of pottery was discovered, most of which was for ritual and daily use. Pottery was often buried along with the dead.

The relics belong to different epochs. Some are untraceable in their age, while more easily determined items belong to the Neolithic period. Scientists said that these relics are similar to those of Lung Leng culture.

Through the excavations, archaeologists have acquired a comprehensive picture of ancient village life in Kon Tum. The villages had early structure, and utilised labour division. Inhabitants lived mainly through hunting and simple farming.

The Institute of Archaeology is preparing to excavate 12 more sites in the area.

Reprinted from VietNamNet


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