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Exhibition of archaeological treasures opens in Hanoi
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Exhibition of archaeological treasures opens in Hanoi

The golden seal of Emperor Minh Mang is one of the most remarkable items of the Vietnamese Archaeological Treasures collection, which is now on display at the Vietnam National Museum of History - PHOTO: VNA

An exhibition featuring more than 300 archaeological treasures collected from museums across Vietnam was opened to visitors at the Vietnam National Museum of History on April 12.

They have just been brought back to Vietnam after three years being displayed at large museums in Germany as part of a program marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Germany diplomatic ties and promoting Vietnamese culture and history in the European country, according to news website Vietnamplus.

The items are categorized into different groups, including prehistoric treasures, metalwares from the Dong Son, Sa Huynh and Dong Nai civilizations, and historic treasures from the UNESCO world heritage site My Son Sanctuary, Oc Eo-Phu Nam culture, and the feudal period.

The prehistoric treasures include labor tools, stone jewelry, pottery and other items dating back to the prehistoric era. Some notable prehistoric treasures on display are stone axes from Nui Do archaeological site, stone tools of the Hoa Binh civilization, and others from Nui Voi and Go Rung Sau archaeological sites. 

Metalware treasures belong to three major civilizations, namely Dong Son in northern Vietnam, Sa Huynh in central Vietnam, and Dong Nai in the south.

Items from the Dong Son civilization include earrings and bracelets made of stone, Sao Vang kettledrum, Dong Son bronze bells, bronze weapons like axes and arrows, and farming tools like plowshare and scythe.

Treasures representing the Sa Huynh civilization are necklaces made of glass found in Sa Huynh in Quang Ngai Province, big jars from Dong Cuom archaeological site in Binh Dinh Province, and pottery lamps unearthed by the Vietnam National Museum of History in Khanh Hoa Province.

The Dong Nai civilization is the source of some treasures like earrings and bracelets made of glass, stone and agate, golden rings and bracelets, and pottery pots. They were discovered at Giong Ca Vo archaeological site in Can Gio District, HCMC in 1994.

Above is just a small part of the large collection displayed at the Vietnamese Archaeological Treasures exhibition, which will run until the end of July. These treasures were earlier exhibited at Westfalen, Chemnitz and Reiss-Engelhorn archaeological museums in Germany from October 2016 to January 2018.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Vietnamese Archaeological Treasures exhibition in the Museum of Archaeology in Herne City, Nordrhein Westfalen State, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dang Thi Bich Lien said this precious collection came from museums across Vietnam, with significant archaeological and historical value, reflecting the social and cultural development process of Vietnam throughout the history.

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