In the afternoon of November 18, 2014, a seminar dedicating the 90 years of discovery and research on Dong Son culture was hosted by the VNMH (1 Pham Ngu Lao, Hanoi). This seminar is one of ceremonials organized by the VNMH to celebrate the 90 years since the discovery of Dong Son culture and researching on this culture (1924-2014).
Prof. Dr. Sc Luu Tran Tieu - Chairman of National Heritage Council (right) and Dr. Nguyen Van Cuong (left) – Director of the VNMH co-chaired the seminar
The seminar was attended by Prof. Dr. Sc Luu Tran Tieu – Chairman of National Heritage Council, Dr. Do Van Tru – General Secretary of Vietnam Cultural Heritage Association, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bui Van Liem – Vice Head of Institute of Archaeology, Dr. Oliver Tesseier – EFFEO Hanoi, Dr. Judith Cameroon – Australia, Dr. Nguyen Van Cuong – Director of the VNMH, Dr. Nguyen Van Doan – Deputy Director of the VNMH and scholars, archaeologists and press agencies in Hanoi.
Dr. Nguyen Van Cuong – Director of the VNMH is addressing an opening speech
Dong Son culture plays an important role in the progress of Vietnam's national history. It proved to be a culture that influenced on other synchronic cultures locally and internationally. Since it was discovered, Dong Son culture has been researched by many scholars locally and internationally. However, many questions on Dong Son culture have not been answered so far.
Delegates attended the seminar
The seminar has received 22 essays of scientists and historians concerning issues related to Dong Son culture. Besides, a number of reports on excavations at the Dong Son archaeological sites have proved the aboriginality in the Dong Son culture.
Speaking at the seminar, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bui Van Liem highlighted the results of researching works on Dong Son culture. For example, studying works on the immigration of Dong Son people from the mountainous areas toward the deltas (Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Hai Duong); and additional documents concerning the Dong Son society and the exchange between Dong Son culture and synchronic cultures in ancient Vietnam and foreign countries. He also mentioned issues related to the planning, the conservation and promotion of Dong Son culture heritage.
He said that the Vietnam's museums, especially the VNMH Museum plays an important role in the conservation and promotion of Dong Son culture. The VNMH Museum's exhibitions in foreign countries including Malaysia, South Korea and France... have signified Dong Son culture to the world.
News/photos: Lan Phuong – Nguyen Huong
EN: Tran Trang