Buried temple yields Nguyen dynasty artifacts in central Vietnam

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A treasure trove of Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) artifacts have been found during the excavation of a temple in the north central province of Ha Tinh.

Tran Hong Dan, director of the Ha Tinh Museum of Ha Tinh Province, said Saturday, December 10, that the artifacts were found in Tien Thanh hamlet, Ky Khang village, Ky Anh district.

During 15 days of excavating the old temple, archaeologists found a rectangular altar (1.2 m high, 0.6 wide, 1.4m long) made of natural stone and oyster shells mixed with molasses.

They also unearthed the foundation of a temple.

In the area around the temple, archaeologists found a number of Nguyen Dynasty artifacts, including glazed terra-cotta jars in grey, yellow brown and ancient white dishes with leaves and flower decoration.

This temple was firstly discovered by workers of a titanium mining company who were exploiting sand in the area.

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