Digging Up the Past: Prehistory and the Weight of the Present in Vietnam

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Abstract

This essay argues that prehistory in Vietnam has been powerfully shaped by the contemporary social and political circumstances in which it has been produced, both during the French colonial period and in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. It argues that in both periods the degree of professionalism in the field and the prevailing political ideology shaped the kind of prehistory produced. The discussion focuses particularly on the Bronze Age culture of Đông Sỏn and its link to the Hùng kings and their kingdom of Văn Lang.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-144
Number of pages61
JournalJournal of Vietnamese Studies (JVS)
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

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