Experts decipher ancient stone blocks found in Mu Cang Chai
A team of specialists has been working in Hang Chua Say Village, Che Cu Nha Commune, Mu Cang Chai District to analyze and interpret the mysterious stone blocks found in this area, according to Hoang Tien Long, Director of the Yen Bai Provincial Museum.
These ancient carved stone blocks were discovered in the protection forest, about 4km from the headquarters of the Commune People's Committee.
They are spaced between 7 and 80m apart and have sizes ranging from 1 to 20 cu.m. Among them is a massive, carved stone slab that is over 2m in length and almost the same in breadth.
Experts believe the engravings on these stone blocks are highly detailed and resemble terraced fields, which are similar to ancient carved stone blocks found in Lao Chai Commune, Mu Cang Chai District in 2015, 2020, and 2021.
The ancient carved stone blocks in the Che Cu Nha Commune differ from others previously discovered in that they include convex concentric rings and concave diamond patterns.
These may be the inscriptions of the indigenous Mong people, say experts at the Yen Bai Provincial Museum.
Typically originating in the 16th or 17th century, these works depict terraced fields in either design or painting.
According to Ly Kim Khoa, the Deputy Director of the Yen Bai Provincial Museum, this is neither a landmark sign nor a graphical design, as mostly assumed.
The recent discovery of old carved stone blocks in the two communes of Che Cu Nha and Lao Chai, according to Khoa, has increased the possibilities for studying and cataloguing such artefacts in the Mu Cang Chai area.
It also provides the scientific foundation for the expansion of the tourist sector in combination with terraced fields and the Mu Cang Chai ornamental species conservation area.
Source: Vietnam News