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Palau Nangka: Treasures reportedly sighted

The treasure hunt at Pulau Nangka takes an interesting turn as one of the companies commissioned to search for the relics reports finding some in a cave. However, the nature of these relics have not been divulged and it is not known if these finds will be systematically recorded.

Hundreds of relics sighted inside cave
The Star, 17 April 2014

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Śailendra foundations found in central Java

A post on the blog Impressions of Jogja talks about some recent archaeological work in the Semarang regency of central Java, on finds relating to the Śailendra period.

New Evidence of a Śailendra Presence Found in Central Java
Impressions of Jogja, 15 April 2014

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Treasure hunt at Pulau Nangka

A strange story that is developing in Malaysia: The Malacca government has authorised a treasure hunt in Pulau Nangka, in search of gold thought to belong to the Malacca Sultanate. The rumours of treasure on the island seem to be more steeped in legend than fact, and according to Malaysia’s Heritage Commissioner, the state government does not have the authority to do authorise a hunt.

Pulau Nangka. Source: The Star, 20140414

Pulau Nangka. Source: The Star, 20140414

Antiquarian: Decipher scripts and symbols – and treasures will be found
The Star, 15 April 2014

Billion-ringgit treasure hunt in Malacca
The Star, 14 April 2014

Could the treasure be Sultan Mahmud’s riches?
The Star, 14 April 2014

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Cambodia reports $2.5 billion earnings from tourism

While not exactly an archaeology story, the fact that most tourists who visit Cambodia go to Angkor makes this a relevant one to post here.

Source: Bangkok Post 20140415

Source: Bangkok Post 20140415

Cambodia earns $2.5bn from tourism
Bangkok Post, 15 April 2014

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Chinese tourists to Angkor up

Chinese tourists to Angkor see a 10% increase compared to last year for the January-February period.

ANGKOR VAT, SURTOUT NE PAS BRONZER !

Chinese tourists to Cambodia’s Angkor world heritage site continue to grow
Xinhua, 13 April 2014

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photo by: louis.foecy.fr

Does the digitisation of Angkor make it 'vulgar'?

I like that Angkor on Google Street View has made the monuments more accessible, but have they made the sacred profane? This opinion piece in the Khaleej Times seems to think so.

Angkor Wat

Vulgarising Angkor
The Khaleej Times, 12 April 2014

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photo by: Arian Zwegers

Japan pledges assistance for Bagan

Japan signed an MOU with Myanmar last week to assist in the development of Bagan.

Bagan Temples

Japan to help build up Bagan
Democratic Voice of Burma, 11 April 2014

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photo by: KX Studio

Lost Kingdoms at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens today an exhibition on the sculptural art of early Southeast Asia.

7th century sandtone Buddha from central Thailand, National Museum Bangkok

7th century sandtone Buddha from central Thailand, National Museum Bangkok

Lost Kingdoms : Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gathering of Gods From Places Long Forgotten
Review by the New York Times, 10 April 2014

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The sad state of Gua Tambun

These news stories were posted by Liz Price in a comment on the recent post about Gua Tambun, but I have a particular interest in the site so I’m re-posting them here. Graffiti has always been a problem ever since the site was open to the public in the 1970s, and in my opinion is because there isn’t a site management plan in place. The problem goes far beyond removing existing graffiti – I should note that previous attempts to remove graffiti have also resulted in existing rock art to be erased! – but also monitoring, restricting access to the walls and public education as well.

Graffiti at Gua Tambun, circa 2011. Personal photo.

Graffiti at Gua Tambun, circa 2011. Personal photo.

Walls of Gua Tambun vandalised with paint and sketches
The Star, 05 April 2014

Heritage site not treasured
The Star, 09 April 2014

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Call for Papers: International Symposium on Underwater Archaeology in Vietnam

This is a call for papers for experts in research and management of underwater archaeology and underwater cultural heritage. A special international symposium on underwater archaeology in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, will be held in Quang Ngai city, Quang Ngai Province in 14-16 October 2014.

Download: Call for papers
Download: Registration Form

If you are interested in participating, please contact:

Le Thi Lien
Head, Department of Underwater Archaeology
Institute of Archaeology
lelien_thi@hotmail.com

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