2,000-year-old plus grave found in Hanoi

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A grave dating back to more than 2,000 years ago has been unearthed at a cultural vestige site in Hanoi.


Initial information showed that the grave, which was discovered at Den Ran hill in the Vuon Chuoi Vestige Site of Hoai Duc District, belonged to Dong Dau Culture (1,500-1,000 BC).


The body, which was almost destroyed, was buried together with a copper axe, a copper javelin, and some pottery, archeologists said.


The discovery is very similar to another two graves found at the same site last year, they added.


First excavated in 1969 and later going through further excavation in 2002 and 2009, Vuon Chuoi has been considered as one of the vestige sites to explore Dong Dau Culture.


Scientists believed that it once housed a village of ancient Vietnamese people.


However, the site is now at risk of being destroyed by the construction works of a new urban area.


Despite scientists calling for a halt to the project, Hanoi authorities are yet to make any move.


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