The Vietnam Institute of Archaeology and the museum of the northernmost province of Ha Giang have unearthed a number of stone relics from the Son Vi civilisation about 10,000 – 30,000 years ago in Quan Ba and Yen Minh districts.

According to Dr. Nguyen Truong Dong from the institute, experts found a total of 50 stone items, 27 of them were discovered along the inter-provincial road No. 181 in Quan Ba’s Lung Tam commune, the others were found in Yen Minh’s Mau Due and Mau Long communes.

He said the shape and form of the objects are typical of the Son Vi civilisation in the late Palaeolithic Age.

Studies on vestiges at archaeological sites in the districts show that prehistoric man once lived in these locations.

An October excavation by the two organisations at the Sua Can Ty relic site in Sua Can Ty hamlet, Can Ty commune, Quan Ba district also revealed nearly 200 stone tools, serving the study of prehistoric man in the province in particular and in Vietnam in general.

Quan Ba and Yen Minh are among the province’s four districts that house the Dong Van Stone Plateau - a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks.

The area contains a large number of relic sites from various periods throughout Vietnam’s history, for example the late Palaeolithic Age, the Neolithic Age, the Early Metal Age and the Early Iron Age.-VNA