Fragments of human bones dating back about 2,300 years were uncovered at the Giong Ca Vo archaeological site in Ho Chi Minh City’s outlying district of Can Gio.
The discovery was part of the results of the 2021-22 excavation jointly conducted by the Institute of Archeology under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and the History Museum of Ho Chi Minh City.
It was reported during a working trip of Tran The Thuan, director of the municipal Department of Culture and Sports on Friday last week.
Besides five exploratory holes, a hole measuring over 200 square meters was dug. In the hole, 224 burial jars and 15 tombs were found.
In a tomb, archeologists discovered the remains of an ancient person believed to be a 1.65-meter man.
Two fangs were also found, suggesting that the person had a high position in society.
|A piece of stone earring shaped like two animals’ heads. Photo: L.Dien / Tuoi Tre|
The Giong Ca Vo archeological site, which is determined to date back 2,200-2,300 years, has been well known for multiple relics found in 1992 and 1994.
However, the excavation since March 2021 has shown many important results.
For instance, each burial jar there was found to have a soul escape window, which is a small round hole.
These holes even have lids, which are ceramic round pieces.
This burial rite of ancient people in Can Gio will open up many research plans for local and foreign archeologists.
According to Associate Professor Dr. Dang Van Thang, who has followed excavations at the Giong Ca Vo archeological site since 1990, with many glass relics, such as earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, ancient residents in Can Gio could have made glass tools and jewelries circa 300-200 BC.
“They might have learned techniques from India,” Thang said.
Four skulls of Can Gio ancient people found in burial jars are the most impressive.
The information of the four undamaged skulls made Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Lan Cuong rush to Giong Ca Vo from Hanoi in August to process these important bones.
Thang also thought that the Gerasimov technique can be applied to reconstruct the faces of Can Gio ancient people from these skulls.
Many special relics were also discovered, including a patterned ceramic horn, a white agate bracelet, green stones, a piece of stone earring shaped like two animals’ heads, and colored glass earrings.
|Dang Van Thang (right) introduces the remains of the ancient man in Can Gio District to Tran The Thuan (R, 3rd), director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports. Photo: L.Dien / Tuoi Tre|
Giong Ca Vo on Southeast Asian archeology map
This discovery together with many valuable relics have cemented the position of Vietnam on the archeological map of the Southeast Asian region.
After crossing the Ha Thanh River to approach Giong Ca Vo, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports Thuan came to the communal house of Hoa Hiep Hamlet, Long Hoa Commune to see the relics.
Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan, director of the History Museum of Ho Chi Minh City cited Dr. Hsiao Chung Hung, an archeologist of the Australian National University, as saying that Giong Ca Vo is an important archeological site of Vietnam and Asia as a whole.
It connects eastern and western regions as well as northern and southern regions.
About 2,500 years ago, the site might have been a busy port which was home to many artisans.
In 2000, the Giong Ca Vo archeological site was recognized as a national historical and cultural relic.
Thuan said that the municipal Department of Culture and Sports would prepare dossiers to propose recognizing Giong Ca Vo as a special national cultural historical relic.
Meanwhile, Dr. Tuan suggested opening an exhibition room for relics and items disinterred in Giong Ca Vo.
Giong Ca Vo is located on the left bank of the Ha Thanh River, a branch of the Dinh Ba River, so tourists from Ho Chi Minh City can reach the site by boat.
It will be developed to connect tourism and archeology and become a venue for local and overseas archeological and academic activities.
|Dang Van Thang (left) introduces a piece of Olive ridley sea turtle’s shell, which is a pottery making tool of ancient people in Can Gio. Photo: L.Dien / Tuoi Tre|
Dr. Nguyen Thi Hau, who has participated in the excavation of Giong Ca Vo since 1990, said after three continuous excavating trips in 1992, 1993, and 1994 and another in 2021 – 22, archeologists have outlined the history of Can Gio in the period of 2,000-3,000 years ago.
By studying the culture of Southeast Asia in the prehistoric age, it can be inferred that sea, especially trade or migration through sea, is the cause for the cultural assimilation reflected through burial jars.
The East Vietnam Sea always plays an important role in the development of the Southeast Asian region.
It promotes the development of the Champa culture from the Sa Huynh culture and the Oc Eo culture to the Can Gio culture, Hau added.
|The high density of burial jars at the Giong Ca Vo archeological site. Photo: L.Dien / Tuoi Tre|
|A white agate bracelet. Photo: L.Dien / Tuoi Tre|
|Colored glass earrings. Photo: L.Dien / Tuoi Tre|
Ho Chi Minh City youth celebrate 25 years of Harry Potter in Vietnam
A series of activities were held at Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday to mark the 25th year since the first Harry Potter book, a best-selling series by British author J.K. Rowling, was released in Vietnam.
The Tre (Youth) Publishing House, which owns the copyrights for the novel series in Vietnam, hosted numerous events including interactive games, trivia and drawing contests.
Making its debut 25 years ago, the novel quickly became a firm favorite among young Vietnamese readers.
|Young people pose for a photo with accessories from Harry Potter books, a best-selling series by British author J.K. Rowling, at Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in Ho Chi Minh City, September 25, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre|
|Young fans attend a quiz during a series of activities held at Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in Ho Chi Minh City to mark the 25th year since the first Harry Potter book, a best-selling series by British author J.K. Rowling, was released in Vietnam, September 25, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre|
Many Harry Potter lovers expressed their joy during the celebration on Sunday.
“To me, Harry Potter is not just a novel, it’s another world that anyone can be immersed in,” said Le Hoang Phuong Vy, a girl from District 7 who claimed to have read the series since she was still in elementary school.
During the celebration, the Tre Publishing House also introduced the illustrated Vietnamese edition of the ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ – the fifth novel in the world-famous series.
|The illustrated Vietnamese edition of the ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,’ the fifth novel in the world-famous series, is introduced at Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in Ho Chi Minh City, September 25, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre|
|Young fans cosplaying as characters in Harry Potter books, a best-selling series by British author J.K. Rowling, pose for a photo at Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in Ho Chi Minh City, September 25, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre|
Domestic destinations remain popular following peak summer season in Vietnam
The domestic tourism market in Vietnam remains bustling following the peak summer season with autumn-winter tours to popular mountainous destinations in the northwest and northeast regions.
As many autumn-winter tours to foreign countries are not yet favorable following the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers in Vietnam have decided to visit the country’s northwest and northeast provinces to admire the beauty of nature.
Some of the popular choices include Mu Cang Chai District in Yen Bai Province, home to magnificent terraced rice fields, and Moc Chau District in Son La Province, famous for the beautiful buckwheat blossom.
The number of bookings for tours to mountainous localities in northern Vietnam has been increasing, according to local travel agents.
A representative of Vietravel said that more than 6,500 visitors have booked the company’s tours to such destinations.
At Saigontourist has also sold their tours to about 6,000 customers, meeting 60 percent of its target for this travel season.
To meet this demand, travel companies have focused on tailoring new products for the autumn-winter season, which include high-quality services and new experiences for visitors.
According to a representative of TST tourist, the firm’s clients often seek tours to South Korea, Japan, or the United States during this time of the year.
As overseas travel is not yet convenient in the current context, domestic tourism continues to be the choice of local travelers.
To seize this opportunity, travel agencies across the country should form close cooperation to introduce their services to a wider range of tourists, said Lai Minh Duy, general director of TST tourist.
Pham Ngoc Thuy, director of the Department of Tourism in northern Quang Ninh Province, stated that the province is focusing on preparing for the autumn-winter tourism after the peak summer season.
In addition to popular destinations such as Yen Tu and Ha Long Bay, the locality is promoting new places like Dong Trieu, known as the original homeland of the Tran Dynasty, Binh Lieu, Mong Cai, and Uong Bi, Thuy elaborated.
The autumn-winter travel season often runs from September to October.
150-year-old French consulate edifice in Ho Chi Minh City opens to public on European Heritage Days
The Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday again opened its door to visitors for one day as part of the European Heritage Days.
The 150-year-old building welcomed visitors who were required to register in advance and divided into small groups for 30-minute tours from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm within the day.
The tours took visitors to the special architectural spaces inside the Consulate General, the artworks and furniture of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802–1945) displayed at the venue, and a 1.5-hectare park home to ages-old trees.
The visitors also had the chance to try specialties from France.
|A visitor takes a picture of an eight-piece folding screen displayed on the wall of the large living room at the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre|
According to French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Emmanuelle Pavillon-Grosser, the European Heritage Days was initiated by the French Ministry of Culture in 1984 and has been celebrated around the world thanks to its success.
The annual event offers opportunities to visit buildings, monuments, and sites, many of which are not normally accessible to the public.
|French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Emmanuelle Pavillon-Grosser (L, 2nd) introduces the statue of Marianne, the symbol of France, displayed at the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre|
|French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Emmanuelle Pavillon-Grosser sits at the French-style banquet table in the large dining room at the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre|
Visiting the French consulate for the first time on Saturday, art researcher Ngo Kim Khoi said having the building open to visitors is a good way to educate about heritage and culture, as it is not easy for the public to have the opportunity to set foot in the 150-year-old edifice.
|Art researcher Ngo Kim Khoi admires an artwork by renowned Vietnamese artist Nguyen Gia Tri during his visit to the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre|
In 2008, the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City welcomed more than 1,300 visitors on the occasion and a bigger number the next year.
|Visitors take pictures at the corridor while visiting the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre|
|The small living room with original cement floor tiles from 1872 at the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre|
|A green space inside the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre|
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