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Archaeological treasures on display in Hanoi

Released at: 16:02, 12/04/2018

Archaeological treasures on display in Hanoi

Terracotta house model at the exhibition. Photo: baovanhoa.vn

"Treasures of Vietnamese Archaeology" being exhibited from April 12 to July 31 at Vietnam National Museum of History.

by Le Diem

More than 300 items dating back to between the prehistoric era and the 17th and 18th centuries are being displayed at the Vietnam National Museum of History, 1 Trang Tien St., Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi, from April 12 to July 31. The exhibition is entitled “Treasures of Vietnamese Archaeology”.

Collected from museums from the north to the south of the country, items on display are classified into different themes for each period of time, such as metalware from the Dong Son, Sa Huynh and Dong Nai cultures, Champa and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of My Son Sanctuary, and the Dai Viet culture-civilization.

Items are also in various types, such as tools, jewelry, and decorative items, etc., made from different materials like ceramic, copper, porcelain, and gold. Highlights include a Sao Vang bronze drum (belonging to the Dong Son culture, about 2,000-2,500 years ago), a terracotta house model (found in ancient Luy Lau and tombs dating from the 1st to 3rd centuries in northern Bac Ninh province), and Chu Dau pottery products (from the 15-17th centuries).

A Vietnamese archaeological collection was exhibited at three museums in Germany from October 2016 to February 2018 as part of a program promoting Vietnamese culture and history in the country and attracted a great deal of attention from local people.

Since 1954, archaeologists have discovered and studied increasing numbers of items from different periods of time, filling in the gaps in historical research. Vietnamese archeology has contributed key resources in clarifying the roots of the country’s origin and its many cultures.

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