More than 4,000 prehistoric artifacts of stone and bone discovered in Vietnam

March 16th, 2009 - 2:03 pm ICT by ANI  

Hanoi (Vietnam), March 16 (ANI): Archaeologists have found more than 4,000 ancient artifacts of stone and bone in an archaeological site in Vietnam.

The treasure trove of artifacts was discovered at the Xom Trai archaeological site in Tan Lap commune, Lac Son district in northern Hoa Binh province, by archaeologists from the Hoa Binh Museum and the Southeast Asia Prehisory Centre.

According to VOV News, scientists said that Xom Trai Cave, recognized as a national archaeological site in 2001, is believed to be a tool workshop as well as a habitat for people of the Hoa Binh civilization.

Hundreds of stone artifacts, including seats and cutting tools, weighing up to 10 kg each, and tens of millions of seashells have been discovered in 200 sqm area in the cave.

Researchers also discovered the oldest artifact of prehistoric art in Vietnam and two ancient tracks dating back 21,000 years.

The ancient roads are the first of such discovery in Southeast Asia.

Especially, a mans skeleton was found in a stratum of between 14,000-17,000 years old. Researchers said that the man was about 35-40 years old and 1.65-1.68 m tall.

Researchers also found two kinds of mineral rock used by prehistoric people as nutrition supplements. (ANI)

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