The enlightening antique collection

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A prized, awe-inspiring private collection of potteries dating back to the pre-Sa Huynh and Sa Huynh cultures (from the second millennium BC to the early AD) may add some thousands of years to the history of central Hue city, Vietnam's former imperial capital. This prized collection, considered unique and unparalleled by Phan and several archeologists and historians, is much of the digging work by local fishermen and boatmen in the area's rivers, especially the Huong river, which spans over … [Read more...]

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Monumental blunder

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Historic relics suffer as Hue pays excessive attention to one dynasty Thousands of artifacts dating back to prehistoric age and the Sa Huynh Culture (1,000 BC and 200 AD) excavated from Con Rang and Con Dai archaeological sites are stored in a dilapidated warehouse belonging to the Thua ThienHue Museum of History and Revolution. On rainy days, people cover the artifacts with raincoats and waterproof cloth. … [Read more...]

Discovering the past – Sa Huynh culture

Archeological researcher Ho Tan Phan explains a Sa Huynh culture's object. After 30 years working in the field of Sa Huynh Culture, he has collected hundreds of the objects (Photo: Tuoi Tre Newspaper)

Along with an exhibit, "Sa Huynh - 100 nam phat trien va nghien cuu" (Sa Huynh culture - 100 years on development and research), in Hanoi, Tuoi Tre newspaper talked with a researcher, Ho Tan Phan, who has spent over 30 years on the Sa Huynh culture. Tuoi Tre: How hard has it been to research a dead culture? Ho Tan Phan:The first thing I want to mention is that our country is very lucky to possess three gorgeous cultures, including Dong Son in the north, Sa Huynh in the central region and … [Read more...]

Rare object fished out of Huong river

A nearly intact earthen tripod was recently fished out of the Huong River, and is now one of the most important items in cultural researcher Ho Tan Phan's collection of ancient pottery found in riverbeds around Hue. The earthen tripod is made out of baked raw clay mixed with impurities. It is decorated by rope patterns vertically running from the mouth to the bottom. The 19cm-high object has a face of 8cm in length and 6cm in width with three horizontally-laid-holes. The object was found in … [Read more...]

Archaeological News

According to Decision nr. 3536 - BVHTT of the Ministry of Culture and Information, the Museum of History of Vietnam in coordination with the Service of Culture and Information of Thua Thien - Hue, has undertaken the archaeological excavation of the site Con Dai, commune of Huong Chu, district of Huong Tra, province of Thua Thien - Hue. According to Decision nr. 3536 - BVHTT of the Ministry of Culture and Information, the Museum of History of Vietnam in coordination with the Service of Culture … [Read more...]

Over 200 Ancient Tombs Found in Thua Thien-Hue

The tombs found at the Con Rang relics in Thua Thien - Hue Province's Huong Tra District.

A total of 216 ancient tombs dating back to Sa Huynh culture were found buried together at the Con Rang relics in Huong Tra district of central Thua Thien-Hue province. The result of the third excavation is the biggest archaeological discovery about the number of such tombs found in the central region so far, said archaeologists from the Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology and the provincial Revolutionary-Historical Museum. Director of the Thua Thien Hue Revolutionary-Historical Museum Van … [Read more...]

Ancient tombs of Sa Huynh culture discovered in central Vietnam

An additional 216 ancient tombs, including more than 200 jar tombs, have been found in the central province of Thua Thien Hue. The tombs cover 2,300sq.m of the Con Rang relics site in Phu O hamlet, Huong Chu commune of Huong Tra district and were excavated on July 30 by the Vietnam Archaeological Institute in coordination with the Thua Thien-Hue Revolutionary and HistoricMuseum. Archaeologists said these tombs belonged to the Sa Huynh culture, dating back over 2,000 years. Earlier, as many as … [Read more...]