Another lithophone discovered in Vietnam. Although I wonder why they would ask an ethnomusicologist about the stone source for making the lithophone – wouldn’t a geologist be more appropriate?
Ancient musical instrument found in Dong Nai province
Voice of Vietnam News, 18 July 2009
Bringing new definition to the term ‘rock music’, the Lam Dong Provincial museum announced the discovery of two sets ‘Dan Da’, or lithophones. a total of five sets have been found in the Lam Dong region, proving that Vietnam may just be the cradle of rock music. ;P
Stone musical instruments found in Lam Dong
Nhan Dan, 09 April 2009
8 August 2006 (Viet Nam Net Bridge and Thanh Nien Daily) – The find of a stone instrument near the coast forces archaeologists to relook at their origins – they were previously only found in highland or mountain regions.
Ancient musical instrument unearthed in Vietnam
A musical instrument made of stone, thought to be centuries old, has been discovered on a beach in south-central Vietnam.
The dan da (lithophone), which was in Binh Thuan province, possibly belongs to the Sa Huynh Culture, which existed between the second and early nineteenth centuries.
Ancient instrument rewrites theory
According to experts from the museum, these finds are a Dan Da, a stone instrument made by ancient peoples in the neolithic era.
However, these were all found in highlands or mountain areas, and archaeologists had thought Dan Da were only made by ancient highland tribes. With recently discovery, the hypothesis must be reconsidered as Ham My is very close to the coast.
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