Ancient graves discovered in central Vietnam

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The remains of 5,000-6,000-year-old graves discovered in the central province of Thanh Hoa

Seventy graves believed to be 5,000-6,000 years old have been unearthed in the central province of Thanh Hoa, VnExpress reported on Tuesday.

The graves were found 30-60 centimeters underground in a rice field in Ha Linh Commune, Ha Trung District, Dr. Trinh Hoang Hiep from the Institute of Archeology was quoted as saying.

Each grave is about one square meter and the remains were found lying on one side with their limbs bent or stretched, Hiep said.

The graves are located at Con Co Ngua, an archeological site composed of remnants of the Da But Culture, which flourished in Thanh Hoa, Ninh Binh, and Ha Nam provinces 5,000-6,000 years ago, he said.

Together with scientists from the Australian National University, Vietnamese archeologists have also found many fossils from tortoises, buffaloes and deer, as well as fish bones and sea shells, around the graves.

Da But pottery and stone tools like hammers were discovered as well.

Researchers have excavated an area of 84 square meters over the last month and will work for another 15 days before finalizing their findings, said Pham Van Tuan, chief of the relic site management division with Thanh Hoa Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

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