Bronze moulds found in Yen Bai Province

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Bronze moulds from Yen Bai Province. source: Viet Nam Net 20160628

Stone moulds used for metal working were discovered in northern Vietnam.

Bronze moulds from Yen Bai Province. source: Viet Nam Net 20160628

Bronze moulds from Yen Bai Province. source: Viet Nam Net 20160628

Dong Son-era bronze casting moulds found in Yen Bai
Viet Nam Net, 28 June 2016

Axe- and chisel-shaped moulds made of stone dating back to the Dong Son civilisation (about 2,000 – 3,000 years ago) have been discovered in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai.

The axe-shaped mould is 8.1cm long, 5.1cm wide and 2cm thick, and weighs 120 grammes. Meanwhile, the chisel-shaped one is 11.2cm long, 5.6cm wide and 3.2cm thick, and weighs 360 grammes.

The two stone moulds are being kept at the provincial museum, according to the museum’s Deputy Director Ly Kim Khoa.

He said in early March this year, a farmer found two stone objects with unusual carvings at an eroded section on the Hong (Red) riverbank in Dong An commune, Yen Bai’s Van Yen district. The farmer sent the objects to the museum for examination.

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A Dong Son drum in East Timor

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Source: Viet Nam Net 20151203

A hint into the potential archaeology from East Timor – the discovery of a bronze Dong Son drum in Baucau. There have been several such drums found in East Timor now, and similar drums turn up all over Southeast Asia which suggests a rather extensive exchange network of either goods or expertise across the region 2,000 years ago.

Source: Viet Nam Net 20151203

Source: Viet Nam Net 20151203

Vietnam’s ancient Dong Son drum found in Timor Leste
Viet Nam Net, 03 december 2015

A relatively intact bronze drum believed to belong to the Dong Son culture, originating in Vietnam over 2,000 years ago, has recently been discovered in Timor Leste.

The drum, 1.03 metres in diameter, 78 cm in height, and 80kg in weight, was found accidentally at a construction site in Baucau, the second largest city in Timor Leste, in late 2014. However, official information was just released in late November this year after researchers had conducted preliminary assessment.

Archaeologist Nuno Vasco Oliveira from the Timor Lester Government’s General Directorate of Art and Culture said he is certain that the item is a Dong Son bronze drum – an icon of the Dong Son culture (700 B.C. – 100 AD) of the ancient Vietnamese people.

This is not the first time a Dong Son drum has been found in Timor Leste. The ones previously unearthed were badly damaged while the newly found item is in a relatively good condition.

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Dong Son exhibition at the National Museum of History

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The Hop Minh Bronze Jar. Thanh Nien News 20141118

The National Museum of History in Hanoi is hosting an exhibition on the Dong Son bronze age culture.

The Hop Minh Bronze Jar. Thanh Nien News 20141118

The Hop Minh Bronze Jar. Thanh Nien News 20141118

Dong Son artifacts on display in Vietnam’s capital
Thanh Nien News, 18 November 2014

Exhibition examines influence of Dong Son bronze culture
Viet Nam News, 19 November 2014
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