During a recent meeting, Mai Thanh Chung, the director of the Ha Nam Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, shared that the discovery of these remains took place during an excavation conducted by the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology in March of last year. The archaeological dig took place at the Tam Chuc Pagoda Complex located in Kim Bang District.
A group of archaeologists unearthed three burial sites containing the remains of both children and adults. Remarkably, all individuals were found to have been interred in a unique kneeling posture.
Chung announced that for the first time ever, ancient human remains dating back 10,000 years have been unearthed in Vietnam.
Alongside human remains, the excavation pit yielded mollusk shells and small animal teeth and bones, potentially serving as dietary resources for our ancient ancestors.
In March 2023, the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology carried out an excavation at the Tam Chuc Pagoda Complex located in the Kim Bang District of Ha Nam Province. This archaeological endeavor was captured in a photograph taken by the institute.
During the March excavation in Kim Bang, the Institute of Archeology made significant discoveries. Two caves yielded prehistoric paleontological remains and artifacts, offering valuable insights into the ancient Dong Son culture. Among the findings were animal fossils and fragments of reddish-brown rope pottery, both belonging to this Bronze Age civilization. The Dong Son culture thrived in the Red River valley of northern Vietnam from 1000 BC to the first century AD.
Sea mollusk shells and stream snails were unearthed by archeologists within the vast Tam Chuc complex. Interestingly, atop the mountain within the complex, fragments of pottery were discovered in close proximity to the mollusk remains.
According to the institute, a significant number of relics found in Kim Bang can be traced back to the late Pleistocene to late Holocene era, around 10,000-12,000 years ago.
The district was once regarded as a highly desirable region, housing numerous ancient inhabitants, according to findings from researchers.