10 more days to visit Vietnam: From Myth to Modernity

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I’m back in Singapore for the weekend and one of the items on my to-do list was to visit the Vietnam: From Myth to Modernity exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum. When this exhibition first opened, I had only just started my stint up north, so I was glad to finally have been able to catch this exhibition before it closed at the end of this month. If you’ve been a loyal reader of this blog, you would have realised that by far, Vietnam is the most prolific country in terms of archaeological news that gets published here – this is in part because Vietnam’s archaeological heritage is quite varied and multi-layered. I haven’t visited Vietnam myself, and I reckon it’d take me at least three or four trips to see everything that I want to see. In this respect, this exhibition did quite a good job in revealing the breadth of Vietnam’s history from prehistory to modernity through the country’s artifacts. Read on to discover Vietnam’s archaeological heritage.


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Vietnamese bronze age site gets national heritage status

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14 November 2007 (Viet Nam News, VietNam Net Bridge) – The Xom Ren archaeological site yielding artefacts some 4,000 years old is included in Vietnam’s National Heritage register. Vietnam is also preparing the paperwork to submit the site for inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Xom Ren archaeological site becomes a national relic

On November 12th, the northern province of Phu Tho held a ceremony to receive a certificate for national relics recognition for the Xom Ren archaeological site in Gia Thanh commune, Phu Ninh district.

This also includes graves belonging to the Phung Nguyen cultural period dating back 3500 to 4000 years.

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Ancient tomb unearthed in Vinh Phuc

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6 January 2007 (Nhan Dan)

Ancient tomb unearthed in Vinh Phuc

Vietnamese and Chinese archaeologists have recently unearthed an ancient tomb at an archaeological site in Vinh Tuong district, northern Vinh Phuc province.

The 1.7 metre-sepulchre was said to belong to the Phung Nguyen culture dating back to 3,500-4000 years ago.

During the second excavation at the 200-square-metre Nghia Lap archaeological site, hundreds of stone tools and thousands of ceramic objects belonging to the Phung Nguyen culture were also found, including axes, graters and jewelry like necklaces and earrings.

The remains and objects unearthed are currently preserved at a local museum for further research, said experts. (VNA)

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

Cradle of the ancient Viet civilisation

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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