More lithophones found in Southeast Vietnam

Components of a stone musical instrument are discovered in Vietnam’s Binh Thuan Province. Lithophones have previously been found in Binh Thuan, and until recently were thought to be found only in the highlands.

3,000-year-old stone instrument found in Binh Thuan
Viet Nam News, 18 November 2010

Five-stones of a musical instrument believed to date back 3,000 years has been found in central Binh Thuan Province.

Farmer Ho Giap of the province’s Duc Linh District found the pieces while working his field.

Binh Thuan Museum director Nguyen Xuan Ly said the trapezium-shaped instrument was created from the dark green stone. Based on its shape and the materials, it could be three millenniums old.

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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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