The Dongson boat burial

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In 2004, during joint Australian-Vietnamese excavations of the site of Dong Xa, we unearthed a Bronze Age boat-coffin belonging to the Dongson culture. While Dongson coffins had previously been found in Vietnam, the find was significant. It contained a woman dressed in several layers of clothing and wrapped in a woven shroud, the first for Southeast Asia; fibres being the most fragile of all organics. It was not an accidental find; we targeted an irrigation canal where waterlogged remains would be preserved in anaerobic conditions. The discovery was significant to the Vietnamese who see the Dongson as the ancient Viet.

Dr Judith Cameron

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