The Khmer temples of Laos

A travel piece on Wat Phu in Laos and some other Buddhist temples in Pakse.

Wat Phu

Wat Phu

Climbing Khmer temple complex in Laos
Vientiane Times, via ANN/Cambodia Herald, 04 September 2014
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Iconic Ta Prohm trees to go

It’s a shame to see them go, but removing them seems necessary for the continued well-being of the temple (and not to mention the safety of visitors!). Four trees from the famed Ta Prohm temple will be removed because their continued existence within the temple structure destabilises it.

Ta Prohm Tree. Source: The Phnom Penh Post 20140902

Ta Prohm Tree. Source: The Phnom Penh Post 20140902

Temple trees to go: authority
Phnom Penh Post, 02 September 2014
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Ban Chiang artefacts return to Thailand

Over 500 pieces of ceramics, believed to be looted from the Ban Chiang archaeological site in Thailand have been returned to by the Bowers Museum in California.

Bang Chiang Pots returned to Thailand. Source: Bangkok Post 20140902

Bang Chiang Pots returned to Thailand. Source: Bangkok Post 20140902

‘Ban Chiang’ artefacts arrive from US
Bangkok Post, 02 September 2014

Thailand reclaims smuggled artefacts from California museum
The Hindu, 02 September 2014
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Khmer sculpture on loan at the National Gallery of Australia

Three pieces of Khmer sculpture are on loan to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra from the National Museum of Cambodia.

7th century Standing Buddha from Kompong Speu. Source: ABC News 20140829

7th century Standing Buddha from Kompong Speu. Source: ABC News 20140829

Cambodia loans rare Khmer sculptures to National Gallery of Australia
ABC News, 29 August 2014
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Thailand to help Myanmar with development of Pyu Cities site

At the request of Myanmar’s department of archaeology, Thailand will assist in the development and management of the Pyu Cities World Heritage Site, based on Thailand’s experience with Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.

Pyu. Source: The Irrawaddy 20140829

Pyu. Source: The Irrawaddy 20140829

Thailand to Help Burma Conserve Ancient Cities
The Irrawaddy, 29 August 2014
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Dhammazedi Bell search proves fruitless

Rumours that a bell stolen from the Shwedagon Pagoda in the 16th century had been found proved to be just that – rumours. The salvage company has reportedly given up on the search, and public opinion has shifted to that of anger after donations were given to the ultimately fruitless cause.

Source: Myanmar Times 20140830

Source: Myanmar Times 20140830

Officials insist bell must return to pagoda
Myanmar Times, 30 August 2014

Hope turns to anger as bell search ends
Myanmar Times, 12 September 2014
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Now reporting ‘live’ from Bangkok

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I’m finally back from my holiday and have also transitioned to a new country – greetings from Bangkok! I just started with the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO-SPAFA, check them out here).

It’s a big move, from cool and dry Canberra to sunny and humid Bangkok, but one I am very happy to make. My role in SPAFA is to promote archaeology in Southeast Asia, and so there is much synergy between my professional role and my work with this website. As has been in my previous professional affiliations, I run SEAArch in a personal capacity and my personal opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my employer.

I’ll be back to posting news again this week. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed the first-ever Southeast Asian Archaeology Photo Festival that has been running the last two weeks. I think I will make it an annual event!

Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology Early Career Award

The Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology has just set up an award for early career archaeologists for exceptional application of archaeological theory in Southeast Asian Archaeology. Awards are valued at USD$1,000. The deadline for nominations is 1 December 2015. Self nominations are encouraged.

Institute of Southeast Asian Archaeology

Institute of Southeast Asian Archaeology

Who Is Eligible to Submit Nominations or Apply for Award: Nominations may be made by any professional archaeologist who holds a PhD. Self-nominations are strongly encouraged.

Nomination/Submission Materials Required: Nomination letters should be submitted by email to the committee chair and include a pdf of the article or chapter, a two-page letter that includes the lead author’s current address and a scholarly description of why the publication is an exemplary application of current archaeological theory to Southeast Asian data. Only one publication per nominee will be accepted. Nominees must have defended their dissertations and received their Ph.D. degree within the five year period from August 31, 2010 to September 1, 2015.

Nomination/Submission Deadline: December 1, 2015

Selection or Evaluation Criteria: Submitted articles and chapters are evaluated and ranked by committee members on factors including originality and quality of research and strengths of application of current archaeological theory to Southeast Asian data. Both mainland (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar [Burma], and Malay peninsula) and island (island Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, East Timor, Brunei, and Singapore) are included.

For full details of the award, go to the ISEAA page here.

 

Excavations at Loc Giang

Fredeliza Campos Piper

Fredeliza Campos Piper
The Australian National University
The Lo Gach Archaeological Site in Southern Vietnam, Mar-April 2014 season.

Angkor Wat

Tanachy Bruhns

Tanachy Bruhns
Northern Arizona University
Shooting the back site at Angkor Wat I think it was done June 2012

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