Funding opportunity at Cambridge!
The Advisory Committee for the Evans Fund give notice that they intend to proceed to an election of an Evans Fellow or Fellows early in the Easter Term 2014. A graduate of any university is eligible to apply, provided that he or she intends to engage in research in anthropology or archaeology in relation to Southeast Asia. The Advisory Committee is interested to hear from senior scholars seeking contributions towards major projects, as well as early career researchers and graduate students applying for small research grants, in geographical areas covered by the remit of the fund.
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It looks like the bid to register Bagan as a World Heritage Site has failed, and Myanmar is now hoping to register individual temples instead.
Bagan, The Myanmar Times 20140302
New UNESCO approach for Bagan
The Myanmar Times, 02 March 2014
Continue reading Myanmar aims to register individual Bagan sites to Unesco now
Some 47 sites have been excavated from the Bujang Valley in Malaysia, with plans to open 50 more sites in coming years.
Bujang Valley candi, Free Malaysia Today 20140303
Excavation begins at 47 archaeological sites
Free Malaysia Today, 03 March 2014
Continue reading Future excavation plans for the Bujang Valley
A feature on the national treasures of Vietnam.
Viet Khe boat coffins from Hai Phong Province. Thanh Nien, 20140206
Wealth of a nation
Thanh Nien News, 06 February 2014
Continue reading Vietnam’s national treasures
Indonesia’s ambassador to Peru and Bolivia proposes that Borobudur and Machu Picchu be made sister sites to enhance relations between the two countries.
Borobudur-Machu Picchu diusulkan jadi “sister heritage”
Antara News, 27 February 2014
Article is in Bahasa Indonesia
Continue reading Borobudur and Machu Picchu proposed to be sister sites
A feature on marine archaeological sites of China – but interestingly enough the largest cluster of sites outline on the map (provided by the National Museum of China) is not off the coast of China – it’s of the coast of Vietnam.
Chinese shipwreck sites, China Daily 20140225
Safeguarding China’s sunken riches
China Daily, 25 November 2014
Continue reading The maritime archaeology of China
The tomb of Thai King Uthumphon in the ancient capital of Amarapura in Mandalay is under threat because of plans to build a park in the vicinity. Last year, archaeologists discovered the remains of a monastery underneath the foundation of the tomb.
Tomb of King Uthumphon in Amarapura. The Irrawady 20140221
Park Project Near Thai King’s Tomb Draws Critics in Mandalay
The Irrawady, 21 February 2014
Continue reading Thai king’s tomb in Mandalay under threat
A debate has erupted over the future form of the U-Bein bridge, a 1.2km long teak bridge in Mandalay over whether repairs should be done using longer-lasting concrete or traditional teak. I visited the bridge in 2012 while doing fieldwork in Myanmar, and I have to say that maintaining the wooden character of the bridge would be very much preferable!
U Bein Bridge, leading to the ancient capital Amarapura
Plans for Burma’s Longest Teak Bridge Spark Debate
The Irrawady, 25 February 2014
Continue reading Debate over U-Bein Bridge repair
A revised entrance fee structure to Bagan and how the proceeds are spent is being proposed by the Myanmar Tourism Federation.
Bagan, TTR Weekly 20140226
Bagan fee collection changes
TTR Weekly, 26 February 2014
Continue reading Bagan entrance fees may soon help tourist development