The discovery of the Hobbit, 10 years on

The BBC has an article about the discovery of the Hobbit, announced 10 years ago, and recaps what the find means for what we know about human evolution.

The skull of Homo floresiensis. Source: BBC News 20141021

The skull of Homo floresiensis. Source: BBC News 20141021

‘The Hobbit’ turns 10: Find that rewrote human history
BBC News, 21 October 2014
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Angkor Wat wins ArchaeoMadness, breaks internet

Ok, I exaggerate. But we did break the Archaeological Institute of America’s website last weekend, over the voting for ArchaeoMadness. If you’ve been following this site on Facebook you would have voted to put Angkor Wat on top, and Angkor Wat beat out stiff competition like Macchu Pichu and Tikal, eventually beating out Caracol to win this year’s crown.

Angkor Wat - champion of ArchaeoMadness 2014

Angkor Wat – champion of ArchaeoMadness 2014

It was a great online effort, on the part of many supporters from Cambodia, Southeast Asia and overseas. I hope next year Angkor Wat gets put in a Hall of Fame and we can see participation from other Southeast Asian sites, eg Borobudur!

Bagan entry fees to rise

Entry fees to Bagan will rise to US$20 next year, with hopes that the increased revenue will go towards the management of the future Bagan World Heritage Site.

Bagan. Source: The Irrawaddy 20141020

Bagan. Source: The Irrawaddy 20141020

Bagan Entry Fee to Rise by One-Third
The Irrawaddy, 20 October 2014
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Quang Ngai’s shipwrecks

Another story from last week’s underwater archaeology conference, talking about the shipwrecks found in the Quang Ngai waters and the site visit to Binh Chau.

Visiting shipwreck sites. Source: Vietnam Net 20141020

Visiting shipwreck sites. Source: Vietnam Net 20141020

10 ancient ships found in Binh Chau waters: archaeologists
Vietnam Net, 20 October 2014
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Singapore now has a museum studies course

Heritage (and archaeology) training at undergraduate level and higher are very slim pickings in Singapore, so university programmes in museum studies is news. Note the interesting term “cultural industries” – does that mean in Singapore, that culture is a commodity to be manufactured?

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SMU offers Singapore’s first ever museum studies course
The Sunday Times (Straits Times), 11 October 2014
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Mystery skeleton of Banteay Chmar

A mysterious skeleton has been discovered at the remote temple of Banteay Chmar, and the mystery is if these were the remains of an ancient Khmer (unlikely), a looter or a combatant in one of the recent wars.

Bones from Banteay Chmar. Source: The Phnom Penh Post 20141020

Bones from Banteay Chmar. Source: The Phnom Penh Post 20141020

Temple skeleton a mystery
Phnom Penh Post, 20 October 2014
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Buy Wrath of the Phantom Army and help support Khmer heritage

While it sounds like the name of a Star Wars prequel, Wrath of the Phantom Army is a comic book produced by Heritage Watch carrying a message of how looting destroys Cambodia’s past and future. The comic book is for sale now on iTunes – and the proceeds will go towards reprinting Khmer versions for distribution in Cambodia.

Wrath of the Phantom Army

Wrath of the Phantom Army

It’s a good cause, for the price of a cup of coffee. Purchase the comic book here on iTunes.

Seminar: Revisiting the Bujang Valley

Readers may be interested in this seminar on the Bujang Valley at the National University of Singapore.

Bujang Valley Museum

Revisiting the Bujang Valley: An Entrepôt Complex at the Heart of the Maritime Silk Route
Dr Stephen Murphy
Date: 29 October 2014
Time: 3 pm
Venue: National University of Singapre. Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Block AS1, #03-04, 11 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
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New ISEAA Social Media Initiative – Current Research alerts on Twitter

Ever wonder who is in the field in Southeast Asia? What MA, PhD, or laboratory projects are in the works? Or, what new publications have been released?

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ISEAA is starting a Twitter feed on just these topics. The feed is organized by Cyler Conrad (cylerc@unm.edu), a graduate student at the University of New Mexico. Please let him know what you are up to! The feed (here https://twitter.com/iseaarchaeology) will be cross-posted on the ISEAA Facebook page, so you do not have to follow or use Twitter to see the tweets. We will use the hashtag ‪#‎ISEAAtweets and initially will aim to have a tweet every 2 weeks or so.

See our first tweet here (https://www.facebook.com/ISEAArchaeology)!

If you are interested in participating, please send a submission (with or without a photograph), and approximately 140 characters of text to Cyler.

Stories from last week’s underwater archaeology conference in Vietnam

A couple of news stories arising from the underwater archaeology symposium in Quang Ngai city last week; one is about the symposium, while the other is about an associated exhibition at the Quang Ngai Museum featuring finds salvaged from the waters in the area.

The article about the conference quotes Prof Staniforth as saying that Vietnam needs a younger generation of underwater archaeologists to be trained, but I think the journalist missed the bigger point that he was trying to make. Prof. Staniforth also stressed that governments needed to be more committed in underwater archaeologists, in both the training, as well as in the legislative and enforcement frameworks for protecting underwater heritage. It is interesting to note that a number of the shipwreck finds from Vietnam are in the hands of private collectors now, being sold in markets like Singapore.

Underwater archaeology symposium in Quang Ngai City. Saigon: Vietnam Net 20141017

Underwater archaeology symposium in Quang Ngai City. Saigon: Vietnam Net 20141017

VN needs young underwater archaeologists
Vietnam Net, 17 October 2014

Quang Ngai boasts potential for underwater cultural heritage sites
Saigon Giai Phong, 17 October 2014
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