Thousands of Sa Huynh Culture artifacts, some
dating back to the fifth century BC, have been discovered at Phu Truong in Phan
Thiet after three months of excavations.
The Vietnam History Museum and the Binh Thuan Province Culture, Sports and
Tourism Department said on August 10 they comprise 10,000 pottery pieces, 83
stone artifacts, and 13 copper, iron, and crystal items.
Pottery covered in floral patterns is a recurring theme, said archaeologists
from the Vietnam History Museum and the Binh Thuan History Museum, who carried
out the excavations.
Nguyen Xuan Ly, director of the museum, said the finds date from 2, 500 to 2,000
Phu Truong is recognised as a major Sa Huynh Culture relics site, some others
being Doc Chua in southern Binh Duong Province and Chinh Spring in central Quang
The Sa Huynh Culture thrived in central and southern Vietnam between 1,000 BC
and AD 200 and, among other relics, left behind iron artifacts like axes,
swords, and knives inside jars.