The Japan Times
March 30, 2001

Ancient remains found in Vietnam

HANOI (AP) Vietnamese archaeologists have unearthed four sets of human remains believed to be more than 10,000 years old in northern Ninh Binh Province.

The almost complete skeletons of two adults and two children were discovered in a cave on the eastern slopes of the Hang Sao Mountains, the Vietnam News Agency said. Along with the remains, archaeologists found a collection of earthenware, shells and roughly quarried stones.

The finds show that ceremonial burial was a way of life for the Hoa Binh people, said Ninh Binh provincial museum director Dang Cong Nga. Their culture was spread throughout Southeast Asia more than 11,000 years go.

Other relics and human remains were found in a nearby cave. The museum plans several more excavating trips to the site in the next few months.