10 things over 1,000 years old that you can see for yourself

These historic artifacts make it possible to come face-to-face with ancient times.

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Cham relief carving from the 7th century Cham relief carving from the 7th century (Photo: Daderot / Wikimedia Commons)

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Cham Sculptures

The Cham people once thrived in Southeast Asia. Ruins of their temples and towns can be seen throughout Vietnam and Cambodia. Many of these ruins are even older than the famous temples of Angkor Wat. Some of the most well-preserved stone carvings and reliefs are collected in a museum in Da Nang, Vietnam.

The oldest of the carvings, which date back about 1,400 years, feature Hindu deities and intricate images of people and animals. The museum is a piece of history in and of itself. It was opened by French archeologists a century ago, and it still maintains a classical layout. The artifacts are not placed behind glass. They sit on pedestals in the middle of the gallery halls, allowing visitors an extremely close-up view.

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