Prehistoric cave found in Northern Vietnam
|Stone tools discovered in Na Mo Cave in Bac Kan Province [Credit: Viet Nam News]|
Stone artefacts dating from 20,000 to 10,000BC have been found in the cave, including simple working tools made from pebbles found in the river nearby. They have characteristics of tools dating back to the Hoa Binh Culture.
Archaeologists have also found pottery objects made by hand and decorated with designs. Traces of cooking fires were also found, along with thick coal seams and burned red soil. A large quantity of animal teeth and bones and the snail and oyster shells were also discovered.
Experts were able to affirm that the prehistoric cave dwellers lived on hunting and gathering. They were able to cut hunted animals into parts and grill them on the fire.
They also found a kind of red stone used to grind pigment powder that they used to decorate themselves.
They also found a tomb containing the bones of a person who had been buried with a stone tool.
The head of the investigating group, Trinh Nang Chung from the Viet Nam Archaeology Institute, said Stone Age people inhabited the area for many thousands of years and were responsible for what has become known as the Hoa Binh Culture around 10,000 BC.
In July 2011, traces of prehistoric man were also found near Ba Be Lake in the northern province of Bac Kan.
Source: Viet Nam News [July 04, 2012]