Archaeologists from all over Vietnam came together in a conference in Hanoi on September 25 to exchange their latest findings.

Researchers made an important new discovery of stone tools in An Khe town in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai , which are believed to date back to several hundreds of thousands of years ago.

Deputy Director of the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology Bui Van Liem said archaeologists discovered four stone axe-making sites typical of the Palaeolithic Era (Old Stone Age), and two others from the late Neolithic Era (New Stone Age) in Gia Lai’s Kong Chro district.

Underwater archaeology, relatively new to Vietnam , drew a lot of attention from domestic and international archaeologists. A number of studies on marine cultural heritage have been launched in northern Quang Ninh province and central Ha Tinh province.

Studies on the Dong Son civilisation, an ancient culture that dates back 2,500 years ago, were also discussed.-VNA