HA NOI — The Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology has announced new discoveries unearthed during the recent excavation of Thoai Ngoc Hau and his wives’ tombs, including a coin dating back to the Tay Son dynasty (1778-1802).
Thoai Ngoc Hau (1761-1829), a famous general, helped Nguyen Anh found the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945). He and his wives were buried in the southern province of An Giang. The excavation of their tombs was carried out on September 19 by local experts. They discovered a number of artefacts buried near the tombs of Chau Thi Te and Truong Thi Met, his first and second wives.
The name on the coin was Minh Duc Thong Bao, minted under the reign of Nguyen Nhac (1788-1793). The discovery in the tomb of the high ranking mandarin’s wife has been seen as a possible breakthrough by archaeologists. Read more.
Beijing - Chinese archaeologists have discovered the remains of the country’s oldest imperial palace, which dates back 3,700 years and is linked to the ancient Xia Dynasty, which many researchers long considered to be merely the stuff of legend.The remains of the palace are at the Erlitou Bronze Age site in the country’s north-central Henan province, according to the People’s Daily. Archaeologists discovered the rammed-earth foundation, with at least three courtyards. The palace covers a total area of more than 2,100 square meters.
Head of the archaeological team at the site and director of the Department of the Xia-Shang-Zhou Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xu Hong, said:“The Erlitou palace complex is an amazing discovery, and is the earliest imperial palace in China.” Read more.