Lithophone found in central Vietnam

Supposed lithophone found in Quang Binh province. Source: Viet Nam News 20150424

A farmer in Quang Binh Province unearthed what is thought to be a set of stone gongs, which has been donated to the local museum.

Supposed lithophone found in Quang Binh province. Source: Viet Nam News 20150424
Supposed lithophone found in Quang Binh province. Source: Viet Nam News 20150424

Farmer discovers lithophone in Quang Binh
Viet Nam News, 24 April 2015

The general museum of the central Quang Binh Province yesterday announced the discovery of a lithophone.

Farmer Pham Dinh Huyen was digging in his garden in Cu Nam Commune in the province’s Bo Trach District, when he found 20 unique rock pieces 2m below the surface. The rocks produced musical sounds when Huyen hit them with a hammer.

Several lithophone sets have been found in the northern-central Phu Yen Province and Central Highlands region.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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