Ancient rock music instruments found in Vietnamese highlands

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Bringing new definition to the term ‘rock music’, the Lam Dong Provincial museum announced the discovery of two sets ‘Dan Da’, or lithophones. a total of five sets have been found in the Lam Dong region, proving that Vietnam may just be the cradle of rock music. ;P

Stone musical instruments found in Lam Dong
Nhan Dan, 09 April 2009
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The mystery at Cat Tien

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30 August 2007 (Viet Nam News) – Viet Nam News posts a feature about the Cat Tien archaeological site exhibition currently going on in Vietnam. The site, discovered in 1985, has revealed a number of structures and Hindu statuary which may imply that it was a seat of a civilisation that could have shared influences with many neighbouring civilisations. We’ve already seen pictures of the stone linga-yoni in previous posts – this feature has statues of Uma and Ganesha.

Viet Nam News 30 Aug 2007

Relics tell story of medieval-era Central Highlands civilisation

Why not visit the National Museum of Vietnamese History to explore and enjoy a unique collection of antiques from the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Lam Dong’s Cat Tien’s archaeological excavations?

The exhibition entitled Objects from Cat Tien – The Imprint of a Mysterious Holy Land features 300 examples selected from thousands of artefacts from the Lam Dong Provincial Museum.

The Cat Tien site was discovered unexpectedly in the National Cat Tien Park in 1985. After eight cycles of excavation, archaeologists have found many structures influenced by Indian civilisation similar to the Cham towers in My Son Heritage Site in the central Quang Nam Province.

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Ancient holy site to be exhibited in Hanoi

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24 August 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge, by way of chlim01) – Finds from the Cat Tien archaeological site will be on display at the Vietnam History Museum until December. The site, located in the Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands, is identified as a major religious site dating from the 4th and 8th centuries. You can read previously published stories on the Cat Tien Archaeological site here and here.

Vietnam Net Bridge, 24 Aug 2007

Hanoi to get glimpse of ancient site

As of August 28, Lam Dong Museum will showcase valuable ancient objects from the Cat Tien Holy Site in Hanoi in the first effort ever to promote these famous archeological finds.

The Cat Tien Holy Site stretching for 12 km along the Dong Nai River in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong was first discovered in 1985. It is the first ancient religious capital to be discovered in the Central Highlands, and is extremely significant in the study of early civilisation in the south of what is now Vietnam.

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Ancient brick kilns could demystify past

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5 Aug 2006 (Viet Nam News)

Ancient brick kilns could demystify past

The discovery of some ancient brick kilns in the Central Highlands may help crack a mystery that has puzzled Vietnamese archaeologists for long: the age of a civilisation that flourished in Cat Tien.

A team of experts from the HCM City Archaeological Research Centre and the Lam Dong Province museum unearthed four underground kilns in a vast field in Tu Nghia Commune of Cat Tien District on July 15.

Related Books:
Vietnamese Ceramics: A Separate Tradition by J. Stevensen, J. Guy and L. A. Cort