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Cultural Series – Lecture. “ Đông Sơn Tools; history, technology and style”. Talk with Mark Rapoport

May 8, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


There is something mystical about the Bronze Age.  It is amazing to find a tool or implement that was made and used by a person over 2000 years ago. The Bronze Age in Viet Nam began around 1000 BC when a civilization discovered that they could create metal  by heating certain rocks (called ores) until the metals came out of them. The Dong Son period was the first great civilization in Viet Nam, and most tools were made of bronze.

Bronze had many advantages over stone. It could be melted easily and molded into a variety of shapes, including tools, which could be made quite sharp. Most importantly, bronze items could be made quickly.  Eventually, bronze replaced other materials for most things, including tools and jewellery.


Join Dr. Mark Rapoport, an avid collector of Vietnamese antiquities, who has a substantial collection of bronze tools. This will be Mark’s 3rd FVH talk in this series. He will talk about bronze tools in terms of history, the technology used and the variations in styles of the tools.

Watch for future announcements on additional presentations in this series in coming months on the following topics:

  • The Technology of Living –Strategies and Tools for Survival of Tribal Peoples
  •  “Every Object Tells a Story”- Discovering History In and Through Artefacts
  •  “The Desire for Beauty”

Time:              Wed 8 May @  10 AM.

Place:             Fifty-four Traditions Gallery, 30 Hang Bun

Cost:              150,000 VND

Limit:             15 persons

Register:     with John

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May 8, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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