New discoveries in Bau Du archaeological site

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(QNO) - Bau Du archaeological site in Phu Trung hamlet, Tam Xuan 1 commune, Nui Thanh district (Quang Nam province) is being excavated (25 February- 25 March) by Quang Nam provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in coordination with the Archaeology Center under the Southern Institute of Social Sciences, and experts from Australian National University and Sopporo Medical University of Japan.

Excavation scene
Excavation scene

A human skeleton dating back 6,000 years has been found with the arms clasping its knees next to the So Diep islet (islet of scollops). It is a typical vestige of Bau Du site.  According to Secretary General of Vietnam Archaeological Association, Assoc.Prof. Dr. Nguyen Lan Cuong, this new and unique discovery opens prospects of Bau Du archaeological research. The relic was found in 1981 and underwent two excavations in 1983 and 2015 with the vestiges of ancient human residence along with objects such as plate and almond shaped stone tools, stone axes, knifes, grinding tables, diversified ceramics. Besides, a lot of shells, fishbone and beast bones were found. Therefore, Bau Du is listed as the model of the pile of scollops or the islet of scollops. Bau Du is the first of its kind to be researched in the Southern provinces.