The Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces

I had originally featured this website six years ago, but it’s had a (relatively) recent revamp that is worth highlighting here. The Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces brings together some amazing pieces from museums not just in Southeast Asia, but the rest of wider Asia.

Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces

Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces

The website was originally a project by the Asia Europe Museum Network, and has now grown to include contributions from 120 museums. Check out the virtual collection here, and also their Facebook page here.

APSARA Authority responds to Angkor pollution

The APSARA Authority responds to the recent news coverage of pollution affecting Angkor.

 

Angkor Wat

Apsara Says It Is Dealing With Angkor Pollution
Cambodia Daily, 26 July 2014
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Talk: From Ta Prohm to the Bayon

Readers in Siem Reap may be interested in this talk at the Centre for Khmer Studies on Wednesday. Registration closes tomorrow!

Ta Prohm Temple

From Ta Prohm to the Bayon
Dr. Olivier Cunin
Venue: Center for Khmer Studies, Wat Damnak, Siem Reap
Date: 30 July 2014
Time: 1800-1900
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Eighth Lapita Conference

The announcement is out for the 8th Lapita Conference to be held next year in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu

Eighth Lapita Conference
Date: 5 – 10 July 2015
Venue: Port Vila, Vanuatu
Email: Lapita.Conference8@anu.edu.au

For the Eighth conference we want in the formal sessions to get back to Lapita ‘basics’ and the original intention of the Lapita conference series to focus on Lapita itself, as well as what came immediately before and immediately after it in the Western Pacific. There are now several conference series which cover Pacific prehistory more generally and specialist conferences have also been held on other related matters such as cultural heritage. We see no reason to replicate these with this series. We appreciate that many Pacific archaeologists who do not themselves work on Lapita-related topics directly will want to attend and so we have for the first time in the Lapita conference series instituted a major poster session that allows for other recent Pacific research to be presented that is not otherwise catered for in the program. We hope that the poster session will become a staple of future Lapita conferences as well, allowing the active participation of the entire Pacific archaeology community.

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Public Lecture: Buddhism and religious practices in Burma and Thailand

Readers in Singapore may be interested in this talk at the Asian Civilisations Museum by Dr Alexandra Green.

Power and Protection: Buddhism and religious practices in Burma and Thailand
Alexandra Green, British Museum
Date: 05 August 2014
Time: 1900 hrs
Venue: Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore

Power and Protection by Alexandra Green

Power and Protection by Alexandra Green

RIP Prof. Bill Solheim II

From Dr Jack Medrana on the IPPA Facebook page:

After 90 colorful years of his life, National Geographic’s “Mr. Southeast Asia” has finally come to rest. The UP-ASP and the whole Southeast Asian community of archaeologists will surely miss you, Prof. Wilhelm “Bill” Solheim II.

Prof. Solheim’s remains lie at Colossians Chapel, St. Peter – Quezon Ave., Quezon City, Philippines starting today, July 26, 2014 at 13:00.

First Vietnamese excavation of a shipwreck

A feature of the first Vietnamese excavation of a shipwreck – the country’s oldest, estimated to be about 700 years old. Thanks to Veronica Walker-Vadillo for the link!

Shipwreck recovery from Quang Ngai Province. Source: Viet Nam News 20140714

Shipwreck recovery from Quang Ngai Province. Source: Viet Nam News 20140714

Shipwreck dredges up forgotten trade secrets
Viet Nam News, 14 July 2014
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Myanmar seeks to restrict construction in the Pyu cities zone

Myanmar moves to restrict construction within the newly-listed Pyu Cities World Heritage Site zone in order to protect them.

Pyu Cities Monument Zone marker. Source: The Irrawady 20140724

Pyu Cities Monument Zone marker. Source: The Irrawady 20140724

Burma’s Culture Ministry Vows to Limit Building in Pyu Cities
The Irrawady, 24 July 2014
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Cambodian artefacts go on show in China

The National Museum of Cambodia will display some of its Angkorian treasures China in exhibitions in Beijing and Guangzhou in the first half of next year.

Cambodia’s Angkor artifacts to be exhibited in China
Xinhua, 23 July 2014
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Ben Tre tombs revealed

Vietnamese archaeologists reveal the findings from their recent excavation of Nguyen Dynasty tombs in Ben Tre Province.

Ben Tre Tomb, Vietnam Net 20140721

Ben Tre Tomb, Vietnam Net 20140721

Findings of old tombs in Ben Tre Province disclosed
Vietnam Net, 21 July 2014
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