A travel piece on Wat Phu in Laos and some other Buddhist temples in Pakse.
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.
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.
‘Ban Chiang’ artefacts arrive from US
Thailand reclaims smuggled artefacts from California museum
Three pieces of Khmer sculpture are on loan to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra from the National Museum of Cambodia.
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.
Thailand to Help Burma Conserve Ancient Cities
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.
Officials insist bell must return to pagoda
Hope turns to anger as bell search ends
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!
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.
For full details of the award, go to the ISEAA page here.
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