Chao Phraya River on heritage watch list

via Bangkok Post, 19 October 2017:

The Chao Phraya River has been enlisted in the 2018 World Monument Watch for cultural heritage sites that face daunting risks.

The river that runs through Thailand’s capital city is one of 25 sites placed under the 2018 watch list by World Monuments Fund (WMF), an independent agency devoted to saving the world’s treasured sites.

WMF on Sunday released its 2018 World Monuments Watch, consisting of a diverse group of cultural heritage sites spanning across 30 countries and territories, that face daunting threats ranging from human conflicts and urbanisation to natural disasters and climate change. The list also includes unique conservation opportunities.

Source: Chao Phraya on heritage watch list | Bangkok Post: news

Tracing the origin of Indonesian people through genetics

via The Conversation, 17 October 2017:

Using mitocondrial DNA, we found haplogroups M, F, Y2 and B in the western part of Indonesia. The people of these haplogroups are mostly speakers of Austronesia languages, spoken in Southeast Asia, Madagascar and Pacific Islands.

Meanwhile in the eastern part of Indonesia we found haplogroups Q and P. These two haplogroups are unique to people of Papua and Nusa Tenggara. People of haplogroup Q and P are non-Austronesian speakers.

What’s more interesting is Mentawai and Nias, the haplogroup of the people in those islands are grouped with the native people of Formosa, Austronesian speakers who travelled to the south around 5,000 years ago.

Source: Tracing the origin of Indonesian people through genetics

Underwater archaeology in Papua

via CNN Indonesia, 18 October 2017:

Pulau Papua dikelilingi oleh perairan yang luas, dan memiliki tinggalan arkeologi bawah air. Selama ini di Papua belum pernah dilakukan penelitian arkeologi bawah air, hal ini disebabkan oleh keterbatasan peralatan dan sumberdaya manusia.

Berbeda dengan penelitian arkeologi di daratan, penelitian arkeologi bawah air membutuhkan dana lebih besar untuk membeli peralatan, akses ke lokasi, serta tingkat kesulitan tinggi untuk penelitian arkeologi bawah air.

Papua memiliki potensi tinggalan arkeologi bawah air di antaranya kapal perang maupun pesawat terbang peninggalan Perang Pasifik terdapat di perairan Papua dan Papua Barat. Kapal peninggalan Perang Pasifik milik Amerika, The Junkyard terdapat di perairan Pulau Amsterdam. Pesawat tempur Zero di perairan Pulau Rippon, Wandamen. Pesawat Amerika P47-D Razorback di Pulau Wai, Raja Ampat.

Source: Mengintip Kekayaan Arkeologis Bawah Air di Papua

Preserving rock art at Raja Ampat

via CNN Indonesia, 16 October 2017:

Kepulauan Raja Ampat tak hanya memiliki pantai pasir putih, pesona bawah laut, keragaman biota laut, flora dan fauna hutan tropis yang menakjubkan. Destinasi wisata dunia ini juga memiliki pesona lukisan tebing prasejarah (rock art). Rock art adalah wujud seni yang dituangkan pada batuan yang dapat tertuang dalam bentuk lukisan, dengan media tebing karang. Situs lukisan prasejarah di Raja Ampat dapat dijumpai di Teluk Mayalibit, Teluk Kabui, dan kawasan Misool Selatan.

Motif lukisan tergambar pada permukaan dinding tebing karst dekat permukaan air yang mudah digapai dengan tangan. Selain itu lukisan juga terletak pada permukaan dinding tebing yang lebih tinggi. Motif lukisan tebing ini berupa figur manusia, hewan, cap tangan, geometris, fauna bawah air dan peralatan.

Source: Melestarikan Lukisan Batu di Raja Ampat

Cambodia lends spectacular sculpted wall from Banteay Chhmar to Cleveland Museum of Art

via, 15 October 2017

The Cleveland Museum of Art on Saturday opened a fascinating new exhibition focusing on a wall removed from a Cambodian temple by looters, but later recovered by the government.

Source: Cambodia lends spectacular sculpted wall from Banteay Chhmar to Cleveland Museum of Art (photos) |

Hoi An Field School Call for Expressions of Interest

VMAP, in association with the Institute of Archaeology (Vietnam) and Flinders University, will conduct a two week terrestrial and maritime-based maritime archaeology field school in Jan/Feb 2018. Fieldwork will take place in the World Heritage Areas at Hue and Hoi An and the Marine Protected Area at Cu Lao Cham and will include a visit to the World Heritage Area at My Son. Accommodation will be at the Bach Dang Hotel in Hoi An.

Sat 26 / Sun 27 January to Sat 10 / Sun 11 Feb 2018. Dates are fixed.


1. Marine geophysics training and usage project (boat-based, non-diving)
– Side-scan sonar, magnetometer and ROV training and use at Cu Lao Cham.
2. SCUBA Diving project (boat-based, SCUBA diving)
Recording on the shipwreck site at Bai Ong and diving on targets found using maritime geophysics equipment
3. Cannon recording project in Hue (terrestrial, non-diving)
– 3D modeling, drawing, photography and cataloguing of the Dutch shipwreck cannons located in Hue.
4. Traditional boat building recording project (terrestrial, non-diving)
– 3D modeling, drawing, photography and cataloguing of traditional style Bau boats built by the master boat builders of Kim Bong village near Hoi An.

SCUBA diving certification is not required.

Language of instruction: English


Masters students at Flinders University may be eligible for funding of $2,000 under the Asia Postgraduate Programme scheme (conditions apply). Students at other universities should contact Mark Polzer for further information

All participants will be expected to arrange and pay for their visa for Vietnam as well as travel insurance and their own airfares to and from Da Nang in Vietnam (Approximate cost AUD$800).

Participant Fee: US$1,000, AUD$ 1,200 or 800 Euros. This fee will be used to cover on-the-ground expenses such as ground transportation, food and accommodation as well as making a contribution towards the fieldwork costs.

Potential participants should send an email expression of interest that includes the following information: Name, email address, a photocopy of the information page of your passport and a brief (half page) cv or biography to:

For more information contact:

Kingsman banned in Cambodia for portraying temple as hideout for film’s villains

via Phnom Penh Post, 12 October 2017

Cinemagoers, be warned: the blockbuster sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle won’t be playing in a theatre near you after all, with government officials yanking the action flick from the Kingdom’s screens over an allegedly negative portrayal of Cambodia deemed unacceptable for local audiences.

The light-hearted romp chronicles a fictitious British secret spy organisation that teams up with its American counterpart to find a drug lord’s secret base – which just so happens to be in Cambodia. Once discovered, a showdown between the villainess (Julianne Moore, with Elton John, playing himself, as her hostage) and the titular agents (Colin Firth and Taron Egerton) ensues against the computer-generated backdrop of a temple surrounded by jungle.

In an interview yesterday, Bok Borak, deputy director of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts’ Film Department, said the decision to ban Kingsman was made last week.

Source: Kingsman banned for portraying temple as hideout for film’s villains, Lifestyle, Phnom Penh Post

CFP: Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference

Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference, 3-5 July 2018, University of Sydney

Proposal submissions are now open for the 22nd biennial Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Conference 2018. This conference will bring together academics from across disciplines with a shared interest in Asia. The conference is open to scholars, students and community members wishing to share their research and hear about the latest developments in Asian studies. We particularly encourage multi-country or multi-disciplinary representation, as well as gender balance and the inclusion of established and junior scholars, in all panels.

You can propose a panel, an individual paper, or a workshop. We will also be hosting a number of roundtables on topical issues such as Asian Cities, Climate change, Securing Asia, Pandemics and emerging diseases, and Asia’s heritage challenges (suitable applicants are invited to apply).

Proposal submissions close 1 November 2017.

ASAA conference 2018 will also include a dedicated postgraduate workshop on 2 July 2018. The workshop is open to all postgraduate members of the ASAA. Postgraduates wishing to attend the workshop are strongly encouraged to attend the conference. Bursaries will be available.

If there are any questions please feel free to contact