via Vietnam Net, 27 November 2023: The Vietnam National Museum of History is showcasing “Dong Son Echoes from the Past,” a unique exhibition of Dong Son culture artifacts, celebrating a century since its discovery. Highlighting Vietnam’s rich historical tapestry, this exhibition presents artifacts from the Bronze Age, including tools, jewelry, and the renowned bronze drums, known for their intricate craftsmanship and importance in Vietnamese heritage. Recent archaeological findings, like the largest fragments of Dong Son drum molds, underscore the culture’s advanced metallurgical skills and enduring influence.
The exhibition displays the results of archaeology and research conducted by the Vietnam National History Museum in cooperation with the National Museum of Korea and East Asia University (Japan) at the archaeological sites of Dinh Trang (Hanoi), Bai Coi (Ha Tinh Province) and Luy Lau ancient citadel in Bac Ninh Province.
Thousands of broken pieces of bronze drum molds dating back to the 2nd century AD were recently found in Luy Lau Citadel in Thuan Thanh District, Bac Ninh Province, demonstrating the strong vitality of Dong Son culture and helping to solve mysteries related to bronze drum casting techniques of the ancient Vietnamese some 2,000 years ago.
To date, Luy Lau is the archaeological site in the world where the largest fragments of the Dong Son drum mold have been found. Previously, a single piece of the mold was found on the surface of the citadel in 1998. In 2001, the other piece was found buried deep under the wall