Workshop reviews excavation work of Oc Eo culture in 2017

Thursday, 2018-01-04 05:23:52
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Ancient artifacts of Oc Eo culture (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) held a field workshop in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on January 3 in order to review the results of excavation work of Oc Eo culture at the Oc Eo-Ba The (An Giang) and Nen Chua (Kien Giang province) archeological relic sites in 2017.

Participants in the workshop focused on the artifacts and the cultural layers newly found at Linh Son Pagoda within the Oc Eo-Ba The relic site in Thoai Son district’s Trung Son hamlet, based on which to clarify the values of Oc Eo culture in Vietnam’s southern region and to propose the building of dossiers on the planning, preservation and promotion of the Oc Eo culture values in the current period.

As released by Dr. Pham Van Trieu from the Archeology Institute (under the VASS), after a period of conducting archeological excavation and scene preservation at Linh Son Pagoda, the Institute has finalised the construction of 15 grid coordinate grid landmarks at the relic site thus far since August 2017, whilst excavating two holes, including a nearly 300sq.m wide hole.

Within the area of the two excavated holes, archeologists discovered a large number of artifacts, with about 20,000 artifacts of different types, including architectural materials (bricks and tiles of various types), daily pottery utensils (pots, bowls, dishes) and those made of stones. After conducting classifications, readjustments and compilations of scientific profiles, the initial results identified that the excavated artefacts are dated between the first century BC and behind the 12th century, Trieu stated.

According to Dr. Le Dinh Phung from the Institute of Archeology (VASS), Oc Eo culture forming two millennia ago in Vietnam’s Southwestern region has marked a development of civilisation in Southeast Asia. The aforementioned findings help to provide a fresh perspective and a closer approach to the concrete arguments of a splendid civilisation, called Phu Nam, in ancient Southeast Asia, thence making necessary planning and preservations and continuous research into the values of this culture in an organised and synchronous manner.

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan, President of the VASS, said that the excavation results at Linh Son Pagoda within the Oc Eo-Ba The relic site, affirmed that Oc Eo is a famous and long-standing archaeological culture in the South of Vietnam, a culture closely associated with the history of Phu Nam Kingdom, which formed a part of the Vietnamese history.

The Oc Eo relic was first excavated by French archaeologist Louis Malleret from the French School of the Far East in 1944. After the reunification of the country, Vietnamese and international archaeologists continued to excavate and study a series of sites here and in many places throughout the Southern region, further discovering many precious ancient artifacts. These entities and archeological sites have been classified into a culture named Oc Eo, because Oc Eo was the venue to first discover and have the most typical and featured sites of the Phu Nam civilisation.