A giant wooden anchor has been found in the Thuan An Sea off the central city of Hue.

After pulling the eight metre-long anchor out of the water, fisherman Nguyen Hao sold it to his neighbour, Nguyen Van Chinh, who then contacted the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre to find out if they knew more.

The anchor may have belonged to a ship passing through the area between 1600 and 1885, said Ho Tan Phan, a researcher with the conservation centre.

It is the largest wooden anchor ever found in the area.

Large wooden anchors believed to have been from invading Mongol ships in the 13th century were recently found in northern Vietnam.-VNA