Tran Dynasty's vestiges unearthed in northern province

17 July 2006 (Nhan Dan) – Remains of Tran dynasty terracota towers found in north Vietnam.

Tran Dynasty’s vestiges unearthed in northern province

Vestiges of 12 terracotta towers and a quadrangular stone wall measuring 295 m in perimeter dating back to the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400) were found at the [tag]Hac Y archaeological site[/tag] in Luc Yen district of northern Yen Bai province.

Ancient tomb found underneath Yen Tu relic

Short post on a Han dynasty brick tomb found in the Uong Bi District.

15 June 2006 (Vietnam News Agency) – Short post on a Han dynasty brick tomb found in the Uong Bi District.

Ancient tomb found underneath Yen Tu relic

Experts from the northern province of Quang Ninh’s Archaeology Institute and the Culture and Information Department have discovered an ancient tomb in Yen Tu relic, Uong Bi district.

Trailing the footsteps of Buddha’s disciples

The state archaeologists of Uttar Pradesh announce their intention to trace and document sites along the route taken by Buddha’s disciples, through Southeast Asian countries like Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

15 June 2006 (ExpressIndia) – The state archaeologists of Uttar Pradesh announce their intention to trace and document sites along the route taken by Buddha’s disciples, through Southeast Asian countries like Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Trailing the footsteps of Buddha’s disciples

Which is why, the state’s archeology department has finally decided to track the route taken by Buddha’s disciples—Kumar Jeev, Kashyap and Matang— to spread his message of peace and harmony. The department will not only follow the land route, but also document the spots that retain their footsteps.

The project, titled “The Buddha Sandesh Yatra”, will span 11 countries. Beginning from Sarnath, the team will travel to Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Afganistan, Pakistan and Tibet.


Related Books:
The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia (Suny Series in Religion) by D. K. Swearer
The Canon in Southeast Asian Literature: Literatures of Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Phillippines, Thailand and Vietnam by D. Smyth
Sacred Rocks and Buddhist Caves in Thailand by C. Munier

Ancient bronze weapons unearthed in Lao Cai province

Short report on a Dong Son weapon find, including a trident and axe.

8 June 2006 (Nhan Dan) – Short report on a Dong Son weapon find, including a trident and axe.

Ancient bronze weapons unearthed in Lao Cai province

These original antiques include an intact trident, which is 13 cm long and 7.5 cm wide and has 4 barbed points, and an axe with patterns typical of the Dong Son Culture. Though buried underground for thousands of years, the metal is still in good condition.


Related Books:
The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia (Cambridge World Archaeology) by C. Higham
Van Hoa Dong Son / Dong Son Culture – Its Unity and Diversity by Pham Minh Huyen

Excavation of Kon Tum site ends

7 June 2006 (VietNamNet Bridge)

Excavation of Kon Tum site ends

At nine excavation sites in the bed of Pleikrong Reservoir, archaeologists from the Vietnam Archaeology Institute found over 48,000 objects and relics, including 127 kilns, 99 tombs, 970 stone items, five bronze items, 12 iron items and 68 pottery objects.

The dig uncovered relics from two to three different civilizations. All relics are located along the two banks of the Poko River, the source of abundant food and water for cultivation.

Prehistoric relics found in Central Highlands

Short post on Vietnamese prehistoric central highland with stone, iron and bronze finds.

1 June 2006 (Vietnam News Agency) – Short post on Vietnamese prehistoric central highland with stone, iron and bronze finds.

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Prehistoric relics found in Central Highlands

Local experts have discovered original objects of the Central Highlands prehistoric culture at nine relic sites at the reservoir of the Plei Krong Hydro-electric Power Plant in Kon Tum province.


Related Books:
Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago by P. Bellwood
Southeast Asia: From Prehistory to History by I. Glover

Hanoi’s ancient citadel unearthed during car park construction

The citadel was uncovered in 2003 but some work has already advanced in setting concrete in the area.

27 May 2006 (Thanh Nien Daily) – Not so breaking news after all. The citadel was uncovered in 2003 but some work has already advanced in setting concrete in the area.

Hanoi’s ancient citadel unearthed during car park construction

The project management unit in charge of building the new parliament house decided this week to halt construction of a new car park after unwittingly uncovering remnants of Hanoi’s 1000-year-old citadel.

After conducting a thorough archeological search of the site, researchers discovered layers of structures built on top of each other and millions of artifacts dating back to the 7th century that detailed long-lost history of the ancient capital.

Cradle of the ancient Viet civilisation

Vietnamese archaeologists find more evidence of a pre-Dong Son culture.

21 May 2006 (Viet Nam News) – Vietnamese archaeologists find more evidence of a pre-Dong Son culture.

Cradle of the ancient Viet civilisation

Archaeologists believe that excavations of Den Citadel, said to date back more than 3,000 years, will provide evidence to support their theory about the evolution of the Van Lang kingdom.

Archaeologists have found bronze arrows, javelins, needles, earings, fishing hooks, and axes from the Dong Dau era as well as an ancient bronze kiln that was made of sandstone and terracotta with many tools. Artifacts found after four excavations have led archaeologists to the conclusion that the Den Citadel was a bronze tools production factory in the continental Southeast Asia. At this site, the number of relics found on 1sq.m is higher than in any other pre-historic excavation site in Viet Nam.


Related Books
The Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia: From 10,000 B.C. to the Fall of Angkor by C. Higham
Southeast Asia: From Prehistory to History by I. Glover
The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia (Cambridge World Archaeology) by C. Higham

Da Lat hosts Central Highland cultural heritage display

18 May 2006 (Thanh Nien Daily)

Da Lat hosts Central Highland cultural heritage display

An exhibition of cultural artifacts of Vietnam’s Central Highlands region opened Thursday in the resort town of Da Lat in Lam Dong province.

On display are also a Dong Son bronze drum unearthed in Dak Lak province, and artifacts excavated at the archaeological sites of Cat Tien in Lam Dong, Bien Ho in Gia Lai, and Lung Leng in Kon Tum.

Related Books:
Bronze Dong Son Drums by Ha Thuc Can
Van Hoa Dong Son / Dong Son Culture – Its Unity and Diversity by Pham Minh Huyen
Vietnamese art and archaeology by O. R. T. Janse

Another ancient bronze drum found in Central Highlands

16 May 2006 (Nhan Dhan) –

Another ancient bronze drum found in Central Highlands

Another ancient bronze drum believed to belong to the Dong Son Culture some 2,000 years ago has been unearthed in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lac.


Related Books:
The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia (Cambridge World Archaeology) by C. Higham
Bronze Dong Son Drums by Ha Thuc Can