Tran Dynasty finds from the Trang An scenic landscape complex

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Artefacts from the Vu Lam royal step-over place. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150616

Archaeologists have discovered artefacts possibly dating to the 13-15th century Tran Dynasty in the Trang An Scenic Complex in Vietnam’s Ninh Binh province.

Artefacts from the Vu Lam royal step-over place. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150616

Artefacts from the Vu Lam royal step-over place. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150616

Valuable relics discovered in Ninh Binh
Viet Nam Net, 16 June 2015

Archeologists from the Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology have discovered numerous valuable relics in the Vu Lam royal step-over place, located within the Trang An scenic landscape complex.
The discovery includes clay for pottery, trees submerged in black mud, earth road and stones for road embankment or for building river wharfs.

In addition, the experts have also collected more than 5,000 broken pieces of surfaces and 940 pieces of various relics such as enamel pottery, crockery or rice that has turned into coal. They said the site might have been the place for making enamel pottery during the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400).

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Ancient Vietnamese capital to be proposed for UNESCO listing

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The ancient capital of Hoa Lu in the Ninh Binh province, once the base of power for the Dinh dysnasty in the first millenium, is being discussed as a possible site for proposal as a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Museum gets first Dong Son Drum

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15 March 2007 (Nhan Dan) – The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology receives donation of a Dong Son drum from a donor.

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The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology has added a Dong Son bronze drum to its collection thanks to a generous donation by a private collector.

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology has received a Dong Son bronze drum from Pham Dung, who teaches at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Culture. The more-than-2,000-year-old drum to the museum yesterday, nine years after he picked it up in Ninh Binh province.

On the drum, which was used in harvest prayer rituals, are etched four toads with their heads directed clockwise, and concentric circles around a sun in the centre from where a dozen intricate and exact rays spread out towards the edge.

Coffins thought to date back to Tran Dynasty

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21 October 2006 (Viet Nam News)

Coffins thought to date back to Tran Dynasty

The coffins of a presumably powerful Tran Dynasty couple were recently excavated at the Ao Dinh archaeological site in the northern province of Ninh Binh’s Gia Vien District.

The grave contains one rectangular and one boat-shaped coffin, both of which are covered by two outer enclosures. The inner and outer coffins were carved from the fragrant ngoc am wood, which can resist insects, according to the archaeological team of Ninh Binh Museum.