New exhibition features artefacts from Vietnam's rivers

Vietnam Net Bridge reports on a new exhibition at the Vietnam History Museum in Ho Chi Minh City featuring artefacts recovered from the rivers of Vietnam’s southern provinces. It’s a picture-rich article worth a visit.

Antiques from southern rivers
Vietnam Net Bridge, 11 Dec 2008

The exhibition shows thousands of objects which were retrieved from hundreds of sites from rivers in southern provinces. The collection is plentiful, with objects made of materials such as, stone, pottery, bronze, gold, silver, and wood sourced from Vietnam, France, Spain, Mexico, Thailand, China and others. These antiques reveal the daily life, religious life and battles of people from that area.

Through the exhibition, visitors can learn interesting knowledge about various historical periods of the southern region. The life of southern people in any period was always linked to rivers. They built their houses on stilts on river banks. Rivers were their roads of trade and also the places where famous water battles took place.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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