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Encyclopedia > Dong Son culture
Cultures of Red River civilization
in Ancient Vietnam
Paleolithic Age
Sơn Vi Culture (20,000–12,000 BC)
Mesolithic Age
Hòa Bình Culture (12,000–10,000 BC)
Neolithic Age
Bắc Sơn Culture (10,000–8,000 BC)
Quỳnh Văn Culture (8,000–6,000 BC)
Đa Bút Culture (6,000–5,000 BC)
Bronze Age
Phùng Nguyên Culture (5,000–4,000 BC)
Đồng Đậu Culture (4,000–2,500 BC)
Gò Mun Culture (2,500–2,000 BC)
Iron Age
Đông Sơn Culture (2,000 BC–200 AD)
Sa Huỳnh Culture (1,000 BC–200 AD)
Óc Eo Culture (1–630)
Drum from Sông Đà, Vietnam. Dong Son II culture. Mid-1st millennium BCE. Bronze.

The Đông Sơn culture is a prehistoric Bronze age culture that was centered at the Red River Valley of northern Vietnam. The culture also flourished in other parts of Southeast Asia, including the Indo-Malayan Archipelago from about 1000 BC to 1 BC. The Paleolithic or Palaeolithic (Greek παλαιός paleos=old and λίθος lithos=stone or the Old Stone Age) was the first period in the development of human technology of the Stone Age. ... The Neolithic, (Greek neos=new, lithos=stone, or New Stone Age) is traditionally the last part of the stone age. ... The Bronze Age is a period in a civilizations development when the most advanced metalworking has developed the techniques of smelting copper from natural outcroppings and alloys it to cast bronze. ... Iron Age Axe found on Gotland This article is about the archaeological period known as the Iron Age, for the mythological Iron Age see Iron Age (mythology). ... The Bronze Age is a period in a civilizations development when the most advanced metalworking has developed the techniques of smelting copper from natural outcroppings and alloys it to cast bronze. ... Vietnams cities and towns regions Topograhic map of Vietnam. ... Northern Vietnam and Southern Vietnam are two general regions within Vietnam. ... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ...


The Dong Son people were skilled at cultivating rice, keeping buffaloes and pigs, fishing and sailing with long dug-out canoes. They also were skilled bronze casters, as can be seen in the famous Dong Son drums, which have been found widely in Southeast Asia and southern China. A bronze drum, unearthed in 1964 from Luobowan, Guangxi, China. ... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ...

Dong Son drums

The Dong Son culture is linked to the Tibeto-Burman culture, the Dai culture in Yunnan and Laos, the Mon-Khmer cultures and the culture associated with the Plain of Jars in Laos. Similar artifacts have been found in Cambodia along the Mekong River dating back to the 4th millennium B.C. Dong Son influence is seen throughout South-East Asia, from the moko drum of Alor, Indonesia (suspected of originating with Dong Son bronze drums) to the design of the Malaysian keris knife. The Dai (or the Thai peoples of China) is the officially recognized name of an ethnic group living in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture and the Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture (both in southern Yunnan Province of China), and also in Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar. ... Yunan redirects here. ... The Mon-Khmer languages are the autochthonous languages of Indo-China. ... Plain of Jars: Site 1 The Plain of Jars is a large group of historic cultural sites in Laos containing thousands of stone jars, which lie scattered throughout the Xieng Khouang plain in the Laotian Highlands at the northern end of the Annamese Cordillera, the principal mountain range of Indochina. ... View of the Mekong before the sunset The Mekong is one of the worlds major rivers. ... A keris or spelled as kris in English is a symbolic weapon that is mainly used in Southeast Asian countries. ...


The Dong Son culture is a Bronze age culture including all of southeast Asia and into the Indo-Malaya Archipelago from about 1000 to 1 BC. Centered on the Red River Valley of Vietnam, the Dong Son were sophisticated agriculturalists, raising rice and buffalo. Dong Son probably arose from local Neolithic cultures, such as Phung Nguyen and Dong Dau phases. Dong Son is identified with the Van Lang ruling dynasty, the first ruling dynasty of Vietnam. By the second century BC, impacts from the Han Dynasty in China were being felt and according to historic records, the Dong Son were absorbed into the Han Dynasty territory.


The Dong Son culture is linked to the Tibeto-Burman culture, the Dai culture in Yunnan and Laos, the Mon-Khmer cultures and the culture associated with the Plain of Jars in Laos. Similar artifacts have been found in Cambodia along the Mekong River dating back to the 4th millennium B.C. Dong Son influence is seen throughout South-East Asia, from the moko drum of Alor, Indonesia (suspected of originating with Dong Son bronze drums) to the design of the Malaysian keris knife

Bronze figurine, Dong Son culture, 500 BCE-300CE. Thailand.

To the east of the Dong Son culture was the proto-Cham Sa Huynh culture. The Sa Huynh culture (1000 BC - 200) was an archaeological culture in central and southern Vietnam. ...


See also

A bronze drum, unearthed in 1964 from Luobowan, Guangxi, China. ... The Sa Huynh culture (1000 BC - 200) was an archaeological culture in central and southern Vietnam. ...

 
 

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