Private museum displays antique collection in Thanh Hoa Province

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21 November 2006 (Vietnam News) – A private museum opens in Vietnam featuring antiquities.

Private museum displays antique collection in Thanh Hoa Province

Hoang Long Antique Museum, the first private museum in the central province of Thanh Hoa, officially opened its doors to the public at an inaugural ceremony on Sunday.

A 350sq.m area has been devoted to displaying nearly 1,000 antiques, reflecting the social changes that have shaped life in Thanh Hoa Province since early times.

The museum currently owns more than 5,600 articles, relics and some valuable collectibles, such as bronze drums, Dong Son ceramics, ceramics from the Ly and Tran dynasties, ancient jewelry and even cannons.


Related Books:
Art & Archaeology of Fu Nan by J. C. Khoo
Vietnamese Ceramics: A Separate Tradition by J. Stevensen, J. Guy and L. A. Cort

Largest Ngoc Lu style bronze drum cast

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09 November 2006 (Thanh Nien News, Vietnam Net Bridge) – Craftsmen have cast a replica of the Ngoc Lu bronze drum. Not exactly archaeological news, but bears some potential for future experimental archaeology.

Largest Ngoc Lu style bronze drum cast

The drum is 1.51m in face diameter, 1.54m in bottom diameter and 1.21m in height and it was cast in under eight months, said Hoang Van Thong, Director of the Hoang Long Antique Museum in Thanh Hoa.

The drum will be displayed at the Hoang Long Antique Museum as of November 19, on the occasion of the inauguration of the museum.

Unearthed relics provide unique glimpse of the past

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04 November 2006 (Thanh Nien News) – A short post on Dong Son finds in Thanh Hoa province.

Unearthed relics provide unique glimpse of the past

More than 7,000 artifacts made of different materials like stone, bronze and ceramic were found at Khat hamlet, Cam Thuy district, the Vietnam Archeology Institute said.

According to the institute, the discoveries are precious evidence in the study of ancient production methodologies, animal husbandry, stone carving, bronze casting, pottery making, fishing and trading in the Ma river delta some 2,000 years ago.

Jewelries of ancient Vietnamese exhibited in HCM City

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12 October 2006 (Vietnam Net Bridge, also Thanh Nien Daily and Nhan Dan)

Vietnam Net Bridge, 12 Oct 2006

Jewelries of ancient Vietnamese exhibited in HCM City

An exhibition displaying 500 pieces of ancient Vietnamese women’s jewelry kicks off today at the Southern Women’s Museum in HCM City.

At the exhibition, numerous jewelry collections of Vietnamese people who lived during the time of the Phung Nguyen, Dong Son, Sa Huynh and Oc Eo cultures will be showcased. These collections consist of a large number of different kinds of jewelries such as stone ear rings, hairpins, bracelets, bronze mirrors and glass necklaces.


Related Books:
Jewelry of Southeast Asia by A. Richter

Dong Son drum found in central province

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3 October 2006 (Vietnam Net Bridge)

Vietnam Net Bridge, 3 Oct 2006

Dong Son drum found in central province

A Dong Son bronze drum was just unearthed in the central province of Quang Ngai where indications of the Sa Huynh culture had been found.

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But as all the pieces were still at the place where it was buried, the measurements of its diameter and it height show that it was 44cm in diameter and 28cm high. Patterns on the drum’s surface could still be seen clearly.

On its surface there are 12 stars with the centre point was cast emerging. Surrounding the stars are striped lines. There are for carvings of toads at the edge of the drum surface.

First private museum opens in Vietnam

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21 September 2006 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – First private museum showcasing artefacts from ancient Vietnam is opened.

First private museum opens

The Hoang Long Artifacts Museum in the central province of Thanh Hoa is owned by Hoang Van Thong, who has zoned off 500 sq.m of his own land to establish the first ever private museum in Vietnam. The exhibits range from earthenware from the Dong Son culture in the Bronze Age (from 1000 to 1 BC) and farming tools, weapons, household utensils and personal decorations and antique ceramics from the Ly, Tran and Le dynasties from the late 10th century to the late 18th century.


Related Books:
Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells

Dong Son drum found by chance

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12 Sep 2006 (VietNam Net Bridge)

VietNam Net Bridge, 12 Sep 2006

Dong Son drum found by chance

A resident of the northern province of Ha Tay unearthed an ancient drum when he was building his house, an official of the local Department of Culture and Information said Monday.

Experts from the Vietnam History Museum tested the drum and came to conclusion that the 2000-year-old drum belongs to Dong Son Civilization.

Related Books:
– Bronze Dong Son Drums by Ha Thuc Can
Dong Son Drums in Viet Nam

Ancient bronze weapons unearthed in Lao Cai province

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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

Another ancient bronze drum found in Central Highlands

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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