Friday, October 06, 2006

Vinh Phuc: Antiques sold as scrap

Vietnam net Bridge reports Antiques sold as scrap.

These are not classical antiquities, just 400 year old bronze kettles. “The excavators broke the antiques into small pieces and sold them as scrap” for seven dollars and fifty cents per kilogram.

Does this happen all the time? “In 1987, Minh excavated a jar with about 20 kg ancient coins. He used the jar to store rice, and gave the coins to children to play games.”

In stories from the Far East, 'ancient coins' usually means 400-year-old cast 'cash' (the coins with the square holes.)

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