Neolithic Period and Bronze Age

ca. 7,000 to 1,500 BCE
Southeast Asia, 8,000-2,000 B.C. [Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
"Excavations of sites in Vietnam and Thailand reveal that early Neolithic cultures here produced flaked stone tools and ceramics with pressed decoration." With a period overview and list of key events.

ca. 1,500 to 500 CE
Southeast Asia, 2,000-1,000 B.C. [Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
"Grave goods of Late Neolithic cultures include stone tools, shell beads and bracelets, and accomplished incised and cord-marked ceramics. Evidence of rice cultivation suggests that sedentary living is becoming more prevalent." With a period overview, list of key events, and two related artworks.

History of Vietnam: Prehistory [Windows on Asia, Michigan State University]
"The earliest inhabitants of Vietnam are believed to have migrated from the islands of Indonesia and settled on the edges of the Red River in the Tonkin Delta." A short but detailed overview, with a map.

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