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Ancient Boats, Boat Timbers, and Locked Mortise-and-Tenon Joints from Bronze/Iron-Age Northern Vietnam

Bellwood, Peter; Cameron, Judith; Van Viet, Nguyen; Van Liem, Bui


This paper describes two nautical discoveries buried c.2000 years ago in the Red River alluvial plain, northern Vietnam. One is part of a logboat with a series of empty mortise and locking-peg holes for plank attachment using loose rectangular tenons. The other, from an infant mortuary house, is a series of re-used 4-m-long timbers with exactly the same locked mortise-and-tenon technology. Both finds are interpreted as having belonged to river-boats like those shown on the sides of Heger 1...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-9270.2006.00128.x


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