Sa Huynh Civilisation relic site in Quang Ngai earns special national status hinh anh 1Tran Hoang Tuan, Standing Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee, speaks at the event. (Photo: VNA)
Quang Ngai (VNA) – The Sa Huynh Civilisation relic site in Duc Pho township of the central province of Quang Ngai has earned a special national status as recognised by the Prime Minister recently.

The provincial People’s Committee held a ceremony on March 24 to receive the special national relic site certificate.

Tran Hoang Tuan, Standing Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee, said that in 1909, French archaeologist M.Vinet discovered antiquities of the Sa Huynh Civilisation. These ancient artifacts first appeared about 3,000 years ago and ended in the first century AD. Through different excavations, archaeologists continually found traces of a civilisation, including about 500 burial jars containing many accompaniments, across the coastal central, southeastern, and Central Highlands regions.

Among those localities, Quang Ngai is considered the cradle of the Sa Huynh Civilisation as it is home to 26 relic sites among the over 80 sites discovered and excavated, he noted.

Tuan went on to say that for more than a century, Vietnamese and foreign scientists have made efforts in studying this civilisation and achieved considerable strides. They have founded and recorded a large number of relic sites while collecting and restoring thousands of antiquities.

The recognition of the Sa Huynh relic site in Duc Pho township as a special national one is a great honour and also gives Quang Ngai authorities and residents a responsibility to preserve and bring into play the site’s special values./.