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.
06 November 2006 (People’s Daily) – Report of an archaeological haul of pre-Dong Son artifacts in the Thanh Hoa District.
Vietnam discovers 2,700-year-old antiques
The archeologists of the Vietnam Archeology Institute found the 7,085 antiques, including pieces of processed stone, pottery wares, knives, earrings and plumb bobs, and some bronze items in Cam Thuy district, Thanh Hoa province. They also discovered many 2,700-year- old stone items, consisting of hoes, axes and graters, and pottery wares.
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.
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.
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3 July 2006 (Viet Nam News) – Some 200 coffins, possibly dating to the early 8th century, risk becoming irrepairably damaged unless preservation actions are taken.
Centuries-old coffins rotting at ancient burial site
A cave containing 200 centuries-old wooden coffins in the northern province of Thanh Hoa may be irreparably damaged unless it is preserved soon by archaeologists, says a local official.
The cave is hidden in a dense forest near the top of a high rocky mountain at a spot where the Luong estuary merges into the Ma River in Hoi Xuan Commune, about 140 km away from Thanh Hoa City.