Central Borneo sites mapped and investigated

Dr Lindsay Lloyd-Smith recently gave a talk at the Sarawak Museum on the ongoing work of the Central Borneo Project, focused on the Kelabit Highlands. Nick Gani, who gave me the heads up to this article, is also involved in the project and instrumental in coordinating archaeology education for undergraduate students at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. Both Lindsay and Nick are personal friends of mine.

Dr Lindsay Lloyd-Smith speaking at the Sarawak Museum. Source: Borneo Post 20140825

Dr Lindsay Lloyd-Smith speaking at the Sarawak Museum. Source: Borneo Post 20140825

‘Need to locate undiscovered sites in Kelabit Highlands’
Borneo Post, 28 August 2014
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Lost bell of Shwedagon Pagoda reportedly found

A bell that was looted from the Shwedagon Pagoda 400 years ago is said to be found in the Yangon river, according to a group of local divers.

Dredging for King Dhammazedi's bell. Bangkok Post 20140827

Dredging for King Dhammazedi’s bell. Bangkok Post 20140827

Myanmar divers say famed bell found
Bangkok Post, via AFP, 27 August 2014
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Cambodian-Laos programme in humanities research

Project Manusastra capacity building aim to develop local humanities research sounds like an excellent initiative, but it makes me wonder if training programmes like these teach Southeast Asians to think like westerners rather than to develop a local theory of our own. Does anybody have any experiences in the differences between ‘western’ archaeological theory and how different Southeast Asian groups think about archaeology?

Source: The Cambodia Daily 20140825

Source: The Cambodia Daily 20140825

University Program Cultivates Local Researchers
The Cambodian Daily, 25 August 2014
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Documents in Babayin script declared Philippine heritage

Two documents written in Babayin script have been declared cultural treasures in the Philippines.

1635 Deed of Sale, written in Babayin script. Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer 20140825

1635 Deed of Sale, written in Babayin script. Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer 20140825

UST documents in ancient ‘baybayin’ script declared a National Cultural Treasure
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 25 August 2014
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Not much time left to send in your archaeology photos!

If you’re still keen to share your archaeology photos, I’m equally keen to post them up! The deadline for photo submissions in August 28. Send me a photo related to Southeast Asian Archaeology with a caption and your name (and affiliation, optional). The virtual exhibition will begin next week!

Book shows Bohol churches before and after 2013 earthquake

A new book released earlier this week showcases the churches of Bohol, in their former and current state after the devastating 2013 earthquake that damaged a number of churches.

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Before and after Oct. 15, 2013
Inquirer, 25 August 2014
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Security tightened around Borobudur in wake of terror threat

To be fair, the threat has only been made of Facebook, so it’s not sure how credible the threat is, but Indonesian police are taking it seriously. Good on them!

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Security tightened at Borobudur temple after possible ISIS threat
Digital Journal, 24 August 2014

Indonesia’s police on alert over apparent ISIS terror threat to Borobudur Temple
The Straits Times, 23 August 2014
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Vietnam wants to remove foreign-looking lion statues

The Vietnamese Ministry of Culture has released an advisory to temples and heritage properties discouraging the use of non-Vietnamese lion statues. It seems like an attempt to maintain an idea of “pure” Vietnamese-ness… whatever that means.

Vietnamese lions. Source: Viet Nam News 20140823

Vietnamese lions. Source: Viet Nam News 20140823

Vietnamese lions to roar again
Viet Nam News, 23 August 2014
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Call for Panels: EuroSEAS Conference 2015, Vienna

The European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) will hold its 8th conference from 11 to 14 August 2015 at the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, Austria. As an international and multi-disciplinary organisation, EuroSEAS invites scholars and PhD students from all academic disciplines with an interest in Southeast Asia to submit panels that explore relevant research topics from an interdisciplinary perspective as well as discuss theoretical and methodological aspects of research generated in the field of Southeast Asian Studies. Scholars are also encouraged to submit proposals for roundtable discussions about recent developments in Southeast Asia.

Keynote Speakers: Benedict Anderson and Ayu Utami.

You are invited to submit proposals for panels and round tables. Send your proposal before September 30 2014 to: euroseas@kitlv.nl

Format:
Panels: (1) title (2) convener (3) brief description of panel max ½ page (4) max 4 presenters (preferably power point presentations, don’t read papers) (4) optional: discussant.

Round table: (1) title (2) convener (3) explain in ½ page urgency of topic (4) max 6 presenters who deliver brief statements for discussion.

EuroSEAS will also provide facilities for scholars and filmmakers to screen documentaries.

Official registration at the EuroSEAS website www.euroseas.org will start from September 30 2014 onwards.
Conference fees:
Students and low income fee: 140,00 euros
Early bird fee (registration until 28/02/2015): 200,00 euros
Full fee (01/03-15/05/2015): 240,00 euros
plus EuroSEAS membership fee (to be paid by all participants) 30,00 euros

Job: Curator, South&Southeast Asian Collection, NUS Museum

The National University of Singapore Museum is looking for a Curator/Assistant Curator for its South and Southeast Asian collections comprising Indian classical sculpture and modern pieces. There has’t been a deadline posted, and the original date of the ad was on 17 June, but it was reposted by the NUS Museum blog yesterday.

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