|30 July 2007
Ancient Vietnamese bronze drum restored
Archeologists have patched up and identified ancient bronze drum pieces recently discovered in Krong Pach district in Dak Lak province (Vietnam) as part of a Heger Classification’s Type 1 drum. The drum is about 50.5 cm high and 63 cm across with designs engraved all over the body part. The flat-shaped handle is made of steel of 6 cm in width and 8.5 cm in length.
In the area where the drum was unearthed, archeologists also found several iron and bronze tools as well as ancient ceramic pieces. According to experts, the area might have been an ancient burial ground where dead bodies were buried in bronze drums.
Similar tombs have been discovered in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. Besides the bronze drum, many artifacts dating back to 3,000 years ago have also been found in Krong Pack district. Archeologists suggest that there is a link between the province and the ancient Dong Son culture.
Source: Vietnam Net (27 July 2007)
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