Thailand’s stolen past returns home

The Nation’s story about the recently-repatriated Ban Chiang artefacts from the US.

An expert from the Fine Arts Department inspects the returned artefacts. Source: The Nation 20141124

An expert from the Fine Arts Department inspects the returned artefacts. Source: The Nation 20141124

Heritage comes home
The Nation, 24 November 2014
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Is a Cambodian inscription the earliest record of the number zero?

A blurb for an upcoming book, Finding Zero, about the origins of the numeral ‘0’. It seems that the oldest inscriptional evidence thus far comes from a Khmer stele K127.

K127. Source: Smithsonian 201411

K127. Source: Smithsonian 201411

The Origin of the Number Zero
Smithsonian Magazine, December 2014
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Shipwrecks reveal ancient trade routes

A feature on the underwater archaeology of Quang Ngai province, where the Binh Chau district is particularly rich with underwater remains. There are aspirations to developing eco-tourism incorporating the maritime archaeology of the area, but the salvaging and sale of artefacts remain a problem

Shipwrecks at Quang Ngai Province. Source: Viet Nam Net 20141123

Shipwrecks at Quang Ngai Province. Source: Viet Nam Net 20141123

Shipwrecks reveal ancient trade routes
Viet Nam Net, 23 November 2014
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Preserving heritage builds community

Grassroots efforts to help preserve, maintain and promote the archaeology of Trowulan and the Majapahit Empire has led to real benefits to the community, including economic activity.

Trowulan Source: Inilah.com 20141122

Trowulan Source: Inilah.com 20141122

Pelestarian Majapahit Tingkatkan Ekonomi Warga
Inilah.com, 22 November 2014
Article is in Bahasa Indonesia
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Asia Society to exhibit Buddhist Art from Myanmar

The Asia Society in New York will be hosting a special exhibition next year on the Buddhist art of Myanmar.

Seated Buddha from Bagan. Source: New York Observer 20141121

Seated Buddha from Bagan. Source: New York Observer 20141121

Asia Society to Show Buddhist Art from Myanmar Never Before Seen in the U.S.
New York Observer, 21 November 2014
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Preserving Hong Kong’s subway archaeological sites will cost up to $700,000 more

But it looks like the government is leaning towards the cheapest option, which is to move the wells to another place.

Source: South China Morning Post  20141121

Source: South China Morning Post 20141121

Medieval well may be moved from To Kwa Wan station construction site
South China Morning Post, 23 November 2014

Saving ancient wells: money down the drain?
The Standard, 21 November 2014

MTR redesign in HK$4.1 billion plan to display relics at rail link
South China Morning Post, 21 November 2014

Let’s be less dogmatic on relics in Hong Kong
South China Morning Post, 21 November 2014
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Transparency of Angkor ticket sales raised in parliament

The Angkor Archaeological Park receives more than a million tourists a year collecting millions in ticket sales, but where the money goes is murky – this was raised at the Cambodian parliament last week.

Angkor Wat

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Parliament questions Angkor revenue
Phnom Penh Post, 20 November 2014

CNRP Wants Angkor Wat Ticketing Under Tourism Ministry
Cambodia Daily, 20 November 2014
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Job: Maritime Archaeology Assistant Professor, University of Guam

The University of Guam is looking for an assistant or associate professor in archaeology with a focus in maritime archaeology in the Western Pacific. Applications are reviewed until 20 January 2015. See full information here.

Locals call for probe into destroyed artefacts

Residents in Bangkok are urging for an investigation into the destruction of some historical artefacts by the local temple’s abbot who conducted unauthorised renovation to a pagoda.

Destroyed artefacts probe urged
Bangkok Post, 20 November 2014
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127-year-old asylum wall found in Singapore

A forgotten wall to a lunatic asylum has been discovered in Singapore, dated to 1887.

Lunatic asylum wall in Singapore. Source: The Straits Times 20141117

Lunatic asylum wall in Singapore. Source: The Straits Times 20141117

Discovered in SGH: Perimeter wall of one of Singapore’s oldest psychiatric hospitals
Channel NewsAsia, 17 November 2014

Wall from 1887 lunatic asylum rediscovered within SGH
Straits Times, 17 November 2014

Explorer finds remains of 1887 lunatic asylum
Today, 17 November 2014
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