A local scholar in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago plans to restore a three-meter long sailboat that is believed to have been used by royal troops during the reign of the Nguyen Lords (1558-1777), according to officials from the central province of Quang Ngai.
Apart from the ancient sailboat, Vo Hien Dat, 81, known as ong do dat dao (the island scholar) plans to assist in the restoration of a wooden barge used by Ly Son Island residents several centuries ago.
The ships are being restored as part of a year-long effort to draw visitors to the area, according to Nguyen Dang Vu, director of the province's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Vu also revealed that six prehistoric grave sites have been discovered in the province's Tay Tra District.
The graves allegedly belonged to the Sa Huynh people who thrived between 1,000BC and 200AD.
Objects buried in the graves included glass earrings decorated with animal heads, stone tools, iron knives and pottery.
Work at the archaeological site will continue until the end of May.