The unearthed artefacts include three copper pots of different sizes and one copper kettle. While the pots have no handles and are decorated with lizard figures, the kettle has its spout and handle decorated with the patterns of a dragon head and dragon tail.

After receiving the information about the discover on June 30, Quy Hop district’s authorities directed the Bureau of Culture and Information to work with Chau Ly commune’s authorities to verify the artefacts.

The artefacts are being temporarily preserved and managed by the Chau Ly authorities while waiting for appraisal by superior authorities.

The Quy Hop authorities has also notified the provincial Department of Culture and Sports of the discovery.

The Nghe An Museum said that will send specialists on relics and antiquities to appraise the artefacts.

A representative of the heritage management department of the Nghe An Department of Culture and Sports said the kettle with dragon handle is believed to date from the Tran dynasty (1225–1440) and the pots, based on their designs and patterns, could be from the Le dynasty, around 500 years ago.

“These are precious artefacts of scientific and historical value associated with the development of Quy Hop district,” he said.

Previously, the district also discovered precious antiques such as bronze drums or bronze Buddha statues.