Seized antiquities handed to police

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Some 1,500 artefacts, seized from an unlicensed collector six years ago, have been finally handed over to the Quang Nam provincial authorities to exhibit in the local museum. The artefacts, mostly ceramics, were stored in boxes for most of the period and concerns have been raised that improper storage might have damaged the artefacts.

Artifact deterioration concerns after six-year storage
Thanh Nien News, 21 February 2009
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14-year-old finds ancient bronze bell in Vietnam

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10 July 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – A 14-year-old unearths a bronze bell in Quang Nam province in Vietnam. Unfortunately, no other information about the bell was provided, although the Han dynasty lettering on the bell implies a date between 200 BC and 200 AD.

Vietnam Net Bridge, 10 Jul 2007

Ancient bronze bell discovered in Quang Nam

A 14-year-old kid named Duong Quoc Hop from Thang Binh district in the central province of Quang Nam has recently found an ancient bronze bell while looking for metal waste right inside his home’s garden.

The bell was buried at 1.5 m underground in quite original conditions. Its diameter is 0.45 m; height 0.94 m, and weight 100kg. The body of the bell has many sharply-engraved Han letters.

Yesterday afternoon, July 9, a team from Quang Nam Museum and the Department of Culture and Information visited the kid’s house and tried to persuade his family to hand over the bell to them for investigation.