Acting Director of the Viet Nam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies ( VICASA) Tu Thi Loan underlined the value of the Oc Eo Culture in the history of the south, at a press briefing to introduce the book held in An Giang on September 12.
Nguyen Chi Ben, former Director of VICASA, said the book is a collection of research on the Oc Eo - Ba The relic site from domestic experts.
The 450ha Oc Eo relic is located in the area of Sap - Ba The Mountain, Thoai Son district.
The relic was first excavated by French archaeologist Louis Malleret in 1944 and is believed to have been a prosperous commercial port of the once-powerful Phu Nam kingdom 2,000 years ago.
Artifacts found in the area shown an advanced civilisation with developed arts and crafts including jewellery and pottery.
There were also a system of canals and various temples and tombs built with bricks and stones, which were a combination of ancient civilisations and the local culture.