2500-year-old Sa Huynh artefacts found

BINH THUAN — Thousands of Sa Huynh Culture artefacts, some dating back to the fifth century BC, have been discovered at Phu Truong in Phan Thiet following three months of excavations.

The Viet Nam History Museum and the Binh Thuan Province Culture, Sports and Tourism Department said on Tuesday they comprise 10,000 pottery pieces, 83 stone artefacts, and 13 copper, iron, and crystal items.

Pottery covered in floral patterns is a recurring theme, archaeologists from the Viet Nam History Museum and the Binh Thuan History Museum, who carried out the excavations, said.

Nguyen Xuan Ly, director of the museum, said the finds date from 2, 500 to 2,000 years ago.

Phu Truong is recognised as a major Sa Huynh Culture relics site, some others being Doc Chua in Binh Duong Province and Chinh Spring in Quang Ngai Province.

The Sa Huynh Culture thrived in central and southern Viet Nam between 1,000 BC and AD 200 and, among other relics, left behind iron artefacts like axes, swords, and knives inside jars. — VNS

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