Ethnic people in a Quang Nam Province commune discovered a trove of ancient relics they later threw away or gave to children as toys.
The Co Tu minority people were digging the foundation of a new home in a resettlement area in Nam Giang District's Ta Binh ward when they struck a trove of pottery pieces, vases, strings and pots buried under the ground.
Most of the relics were thrown away, some agate beads given to children as toys.
A group of archaeologists from the Sa Huynh Culture Museum recently spent hours excavating the site, unearthing relics they believe belonged to the Sa Huynh civilization.
Archaeologists dug up a single urn containing jewelry, precious stones and an iron statue of a horse. The statue dated back between 2,000-2,500 years.
Considered one of the most prominent ancient Vietnamese cultures of the Iron Age, the Sa Huynh civilization is believed to have flourished between 1000BC and 200AD in central and southern Vietnam.
Relics from the Sa Huynh have been discovered along the the coastal sites of central Vietnam. These were the first Sa Huynh ever discovered in the mountainous Nam Giang district which lies near the border between Vietnam and Lao.