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 biggest Linga and Yoni in Southeast Asia?

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11 October 2007 (Saigon Times) – While I’ve featured stories about the Cat Tien archaeological site before (see here and here), this story carries pictures of the actual site, including one of the alleged largest linga and yoni in Southeast Asia. The linga and yoni are Hindu symbols respectively representing the male and female organs. The linga is particularly associated with the god Siva. Cat Tien is one of the more significant sites discovered in Vietnam in recent times.

Saigon Times, 11 Oct 2007

Seeing believed-to-be biggest Linga and Yoni in Southeast Asia
by Binh Nguyen

Archeologists believe the couple of Linga and Yoni, found in a group of archeological sites on the Dong Nai River in Lam Dong Province, to be the biggest of their kind in Vietnam, if not in Southeast Asia.

The linga measures 2.10 meters in height and 0.7 meters in diameter while the yoni’s side is 2.26 meters long. They are being kept temporarily in a hut on the border of Quang Ngai and Da Lay villages in the Central Highlands province.

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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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More Cat Tien artefacts

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28 August 2007 (Nhan Dan) – An update on the previous post about the Cat Tien site exhibition in Hanoi. This story contains pictures of some of the exhibits: a stone linga-yoni and a stone lintel. Only the linga is shown here. The exhibition seems to have extended its run from December to April next year – another excuse to hop on a cheap flight to Vietnam!

Cat Tien artefacts on show in Hanoi

An exhibition of artefacts from Cat Tien, Lam Dong central highlands province opened today in Hanoi’s Museum of History, showcasing over 300 items dating back to the 8th century B.C.

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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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Prehistoric opal tool site found in central Vietnam

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16 May 2006 (Thanh Nien News, Vietnam Net Bridge) – An unusual prehistoric tool manufacture site has been found in the Lam Dong Province of Central Vietnam, unusual because the material used was opal, a rare material for that region.

Vietnam Net Bridge, 16 May 2007

Prehistoric manufacturing site discovered in Lam Dong

A 4,000 year-old rock tool manufacturing centre has been discovered in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, according to Dr Bui Chi Hoang from the HCM City Archeological Research Centre (Southern Institute of Social Sciences).

This prehistoric site is an opal rock manufacturing area where the team led by Doctor Hong has collected at least 100 items such as broken pieces of working tools, hoes and axes and opals of white, black and reddish brown colours. Not far from the site is also an opal mine believed to be the input area of the site.

Doctor Hoang said that such an opal mining and manufacturing site was rare in the southeastern region of Vietnam. Most discoveries have been schist or bazan rock working tools. As for objects made from opal, only very few of them have been found.

Related Books:
Southeast Asia: From Prehistory to History by P. S. Bellwood and I. Glover (Eds)

Southern archeological site to be restored

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2 April 2007 (Thanh Nien News) – The Cat Tien archaeological site is set to be restored and proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Southern archeological site to be restored

Vietnamese authorities have decided to invest VND2 billion (US$ 125,000) in restoring an archeological site in the south that boasts brick temples and tombs from the Cham culture.

The Lam Dong province’s Department of Culture and Information has decided the money is to be spent in the second quarter of this year on constructing roofs over 10 excavation areas – believed to be over a thousand years old – on the Cat Tien archaeological site.

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