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2,000-year-old drum found in Vietnam

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A bronze Dong Son drum, dating back 2,000 years, has been uncovered at a road construction site in northern Vietnam.

The latest drum was found in Pac Nam District. It is about 39cm in height with a fairly intact tympan (upper part). The tympan is 66.5cm in diameter, emblazoned with a solar star with 12 rays in the middle. Between the rays, there are successive bands of stylised peacock’s feather patterns. There is a small round hole near the middle of the drum head thought to have been used to adjust the drum’s echo.

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Story: VietNamNet Bridge | Photo: Trinh Nang Chung

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