Salay, or ‘Little Bagan’

A travel piece on the town of Salay, 35km south of Bagan and also of the same period. The town is home to a number of pagodas and temples as well, making it a good side trip to go to when visiting Bagan.

Salay. Source: Eleven Myanmar 20141209

Salay. Source: Eleven Myanmar 20141209

Salay for spirituality
Eleven Myanmar, 09 December 2014
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Unearthed Chinese well in Hong Kong to be disassembled and relocated

The ancient Chinese well uncovered during construction of an underground subway system in Hong Kong will be dismantled and moved to a nearby location, it has been decided. The discovery of archaeological remains during the construction of this line has been contentious, pitting heritage advocates against the the construction of the already-delayed line.

The future To Kwa Wan station, where archaeological remnants have been found. Source: South China Morning Post: 20141206

The future To Kwa Wan station, where archaeological remnants have been found. Source: South China Morning Post: 20141206

Preserved relics at future To Kwa Wan station ‘should tell story’
South China Morning Post, 06 December 2014

HK$10 million to be spent removing ancient well from future MTR station
South China Morning Post, 09 December 2014

Antiquities board chairman backs public access to MTR station relics
South China Morning Post, 09 December 2014
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The archaeology of the Co Loa Citadel

The Co Loa Citadel just north of Hanoi is claimed to be the oldest fortification structure build in the Red River delta, with finds from the site dating to the Dong Son period.

Co Loa Citadel, Viet Nam Net 20141206

Co Loa Citadel, Viet Nam Net 20141206

Co Loa offers glimpse into past
Viet Nam Net, 06 December 2014
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Rain causes problems for the preservation of the My Son temples

The seasonal rain that falls on the My Son temples are slowly undermining its foundations, and the temple authority it currently able to effect piecemeal repairs to them.

The B3 Tower of the My Son Sanctuary

The B3 Tower of the My Son Sanctuary

My Son tower complex falling into disrepair
Viet Nam Net, 04 December 2014
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Homo erectus and zigzags

Earlier this month an amazing discovery was noted about the zigzag lines found on a piece of shell from Trinil, Indonesia, which suggest that they were made by our ancestors Homo erectus and in turn suggests that these hominids were capable of abstract thought. The discovery was announced in Nature.

Homo erectus engraving

Homo erectus engraving

Homo erectus at Trinil on Java used shells for tool production and engraving
Nature, doi:10.1038/nature13962

Oldest ever engraving discovered on 500,000-year-old shell
Science Daily, 03 December 2014

Shell ‘art’ made 300,000 years before humans evolved
New Scientist, 03 December 2014

Etchings on a 500,000-year-old shell appear to have been made by human ancestor
Science, 03 December 2014

Shells Engraved by Homo erectus Found in Museum Collection
Archaeology.org, 03 December 2014

World’s Oldest Art Identified in Half-Million-Year-Old Zigzag
National Geographic, 03 December 2014

Homo erectus may have doodled on shellfish
ABC News, 04 December 2014

Oldest engraving rewrites view of human history
AFP, via Bangkok Post 04 December 2014

ANU archaeologist helps discover earliest human engravings
Sydney Morning Herald

World’s oldest engraving discovered
Australian Geographic, 04 December 2014

Australian Archaeologist Dr Stephen Munro Discovers Earliest Human Engravings Discovered On 400,000-Year-Old Fossilised Shell
International Business Times, 05 December 2014

Another Ancient Discovery For Indonesia, and Human History
Wall Street Journal, 09 December 2014
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The satellites of Bagan

A travel story about Nyaung U and New Bagan, two towns in the vicinity of the Bagan temples in Myanmar.

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Competing towns of Bagan
The Himalayan, 28 November 2014
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New guidebook on Angkor features visualisations of the ancient temples

A new guidebook on Angkor features overlays that shows how the temples would have looked like in the past.

Overlays from The Angkor Guidebook.

Overlays from The Angkor Guidebook.

Angkor: an interactive map of Cambodia’s must-see temples
The Telegraph, 28 November 2014
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Tribute to Bill Solheim in Antiquity

The journal Antiquity has a tribute to the late Bill Solheim written by Prof Miriam Stark of the University of Hawaii.

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Dr Wilhelm G. Solheim II
Appreciation by Miriam Stark
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Public Lecture: Archaeology of the Middle Mekong Basin

Dr. Joyce White of the Institute of Southeast Asian Archaeology will give a talk on the archaeology of Laos in Bangkok next month.

Archaeology of the Middle Mekong Basin: Will knowledge survive development and looting? A talk by Joyce White
Venue: The Siam Society, Bangkok
Date: 8 January 2015
Time: 7.30pm
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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

Another fellowship opportunity with themes related to the disposal and memorialisation of the dead, which may be of interest to archaeologists. Deadline is 13 January 2015.

We seek scholars interested in the study of cultural practices surrounding the care, disposal, and memorialization of the dead.

Area of specialization is open, but might include religion, history, archaeology, anthropology, material and visual culture, performance studies, or literature, among other possibilities. Candidates should have broad historical and interdisciplinary interests. Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

During the first year of the program, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in a year-long faculty seminar led by Associate Professor Hank Glassman (East Asian Languages and Cultures) entitled “Attending to the Dead: Mortality, Memory, and Material Culture.” Applicants should make clear the nature of their potential contributions to this interdisciplinary seminar. A seminar in the cultural history of death, it will focus on the distillation and concretization of memory and affect in the form of monuments, gravestones, relics, paintings, sound recordings, photographs, and other objects.

More details here.