Nghe An Museum highlights plight

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Bronzes at the Nghe An Museum. Souce: Viet Nam News 20151104

The Nghe An Museum in northern Vietnam has thousands of artefacts, but not enough capacity to store or display them properly.

Bronzes at the Nghe An Museum. Souce: Viet Nam News 20151104

Bronzes at the Nghe An Museum. Souce: Viet Nam News 20151104

Thousands of Nghe An artefacts at risk
Viet Nam News, 04 November 2015

Tens of thousands of antiques and items of great cultural and historical value at Nghe An Museum are at risk of damage due to the lack of appropriate preservation efforts.

The Nghe An Museum in this central province holds more than 25,000 antiques, including many rare, valuable items such as bronze drums, knives and production tools which were excavated at the Vac Village archaeological site in the province.

Many antiques excavated at the Vac Village site date back to the Dong Son culture (700-100 BC). They are made of various materials, including iron, ceramic, stone, glass and wood, but most are made of bronze.

Full story here.

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Book containing ancient Thai script discovered

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2 April 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – A short story about an ancient 200-page tome filled with ancient Thai script. Unfortunately, the story does not describe how the book was found. The ethnic Thai people have been living in Northeast Vietnam from as early as the first millenium BC. However, little is known about the ancient Thai language and there is insufficient resources to preserve remaining sources of the ancient Thai script.

Nghe An: Ancient book of Thai script discovered

Mr. Vi Dinh Khuyen from Muong Dan Village in the central province of Nghe An has discovered a 200-page book, each page of which contains 7 horizontal lines of Thai letters.

According to some Thai language experts, this is an ancient book of the Thai people living in the area, the language of whom was widely used in Que Phong District in Nghe An and in the southwest of Thanh Hoa Province.

Related books:
Southeast Asian Languages and Literatures: A bibliographical guide to Burmese, Cambodian, Indonesian, Javanese, Malay, Minangkakau, Thai and Vietnamese by E. U. Kratz (Ed)

Ancient elephant skeleton discovered in Nghe An

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11 Jan 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – A farmer in Nghe An province unearthed the bones of a massive elephant – a megafaunal specimen that could possibly be a mammoth. Yes, I know. Strictly speaking, this might not be considered under archaeology because archaeology is the study of material culture (and not just digging up stuff and cataloguing what you find). But I thought to include it anyway to err on the side of caution.

Vietnam Net Bridge, 11 Jan 2007

Ancient elephant skeleton discovered in Nghe An

VietNamNet Bridge – A huge elephant skeleton estimated to date back thousands of years has just been discovered in Khe Dinh River by a local farmer, Pham Van Dong, in Hamlet 4, Hong Son village, Do Luong district, Nghe An Province.

Dong said that on December 14, 2006 while going to his rice paddy at around 1 o’clock, he saw what he thought was an upright iron wood log sticking out of the river. Finding it unusual, he dug around the place, and to his amazement, amongst layers of mud were more huge animal bones.

Immediately, he called his friends and relatives to come and help him with the digging. After nearly 3 days they had dug up a nearly complete skeleton of 500 kg which is in the process of fossilisation.

The skeleton has been identified as belonging to a species of enormous elephant and is estimated to date back thousands of years ago, as there is evidence of fossilisation in some of the bones like vertebra and shoulder bones.

Market builders take over millennia-old archeological site

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16 June 2006 (Thanh Nien News) – A Vietnamese archaeological site is seriously damaged when the local government decides to build a market over it, ignoring laws on heritage preservation.

Market builders take over millennia-old archeological site

A local government in Vietnam has ignored a superior authority’s instruction to stop construction at an ancient archeological site, also violating national laws in the process.

Con Diep, located in Nghe An province’s Quynh Van commune, was home to a primitive people thousands of years ago. Archaeologists have discovered 31 ancient tombs with human remains, stone tools, and pottery inside.