Vietnamese people have been examining and studying their past since at least the 11th century AD when the Ly dynasty promoted the collection of ancient Dongson drums and other artifacts in order to emphasize links with Vietnamese culture prior to colonization by the Chinese. However, formal archaeology did not begin in Vietnam until the arrival of the French. Archaeologists soon began investigating many sites in Vietnam, from hunter-gatherer sites dating back tens of thousands of years to the more recent Cham brick towers.
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