Ru Diep and the Quynh Van culture of central Vietnam

Thi My Dzung Lam, Thi Thuy Nguyen, Thi Kim Quy Tran, Peter Bellwood, Charles Higham, Fiona Petchey, Elle Grono, Nguyen Chieu, Philip Piper

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    Excavations in 2015 at the site of Ru Diep in north-central Vietnam (Ha Tinh Province) raise significant questions about the transition into the Neolithic in this region, more than 5000 years ago. The material culture from the site reveals a mixture of both pre-Neolithic (Quynh Van culture) and Neolithic elements, in a shell mound context. The C14 dates for the site suggest that the surviving layers were deposited between outer limits of 3200 and 2900 cal. BC, but Bayesian analysis indicates a likely accumulation in less than 50 years. This date is almost one millennium older than expected for Neolithic-related materials in north-central Vietnam.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    JournalArchaeological Research in Asia
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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