Alison Carter’s Day of Archaeology post at Ta Prohm

My friend and colleague Dr Alison Carter is featured in the The Day of Archaeology, a project highlighting what archaeologists really do (hint: we don’t dig dinosaurs). Dr Carter is currently in Cambodia, working in the Ta Prohm temple.

The Greater Angkor Project at Ta Prohm, Cambodia
Day of Archaeology, 11 July 2014
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Nguyen Dynasty antiquities to return to Vietnam

A set of Nguyen Dynasty royal furniture that went on sale in France recently will be returned to Vietnam and displayed in Hue.

Royal welcome for Nguyen antiques
Viet Nam News, 12 July 2014
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China’s maritime silk road World Heritage Site proposal includes disputed areas

China’s increasing presence in the South China Sea has been worrying for Southeast Asia and underwater archaeology has played a role in strengthening China’s claim over the sea, over equally legitimate claims by countries like Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. China’s is aiming to list the maritime silk road as a World Heritage Site and one could interpret the inclusion of disputed sites as a way to strengthen her claim on territories. Something to keep an eye on in the future – since the maritime silk route was not exclusively used by China and was a truly international trade route that would make better sense with many countries sharing the site listing together.

China looks for UNESCO approval in disputed S China Sea waters
Xinhua, 13 July 2014
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Unknown fossil unearthed in Philippines

The fossil of a large unknown animal, approximately 800,000 yeas old, has been uncovered in the Philippines.

Ancient fossils found in Tabuk
Manila Standard Today, 12 July 2014
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Diving for Antiques in the Chao Phraya

The Bangkok Post has a video story on a man who recovers artefacts from the Chao Phraya river for sale.

Diving for antiques
Bangkok Post, 10 July 2014
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Public Lecture: Daily Life in Myanmar’s Ancient Cities

Another talk for readers in Singapore, this time by Bon Hudson on the Pyu Cities.

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Daily Life in Myanmar’s Ancient Cities
25 July 2014 (Friday), 7 to 8.30pm
Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum

Speaker:
Bob Hudson
Archaeology Department
University of Sydney

Three huge brick-walled cities in Myanmar are currently going through the UNESCO World Heritage nomination process. They date to around AD 150, many centuries earlier than the Myanmar capital, Bagan. Many fascinating finds have been unearthed during excavations at the sites.

This presentation builds a picture of those long-lost societies through the material goods they left behind. Objects from Brahman and Buddhist agriculturalists and traders wary of intruders from the spirit world, and the treasures enshrined in Buddhist monuments tell us much about daily lives and religious aspirations. Modern-day treasure hunters, who until recently panned illegally for gold in what are now ricefields, and dug for beads in ancient cemeteries, will also be discussed. That they were still finding valuable items in the 21st century is further proof of the wealth and creativity of the ancient inhabitants.

More details here.

Public Lecture: Heritage Preservation of World Monuments and Archaeological Sites

Readers in Singapore may be interested in this talk on Angkor and Borobudur at the National Museum of Singapore.

Borobudur Sunrise

ICOMOS Singapore Public Lecture:
Heritage Preservation of World Monuments and Archaeological Sites: Two Case Studies from Angkor and Borobudur
Professor Dr. Ichita Shimoda
Date: 12th July 2012
Time: 1600-1800hrs
Venue: National Museum of Singapore Seminar Room, 93 Stamford Road Singapore 178897

ICOMOS Singapore is pleased to invite all to our inaugural event and public lecture on 12th July 2014, Heritage Preservation of World Monuments and Archaeological Sites: Two Case Studies from Angkor and Borobudur by our special guest speaker, Professor Dr. Ichita Shimoda who is intimately involved in the conservation works of these two World Heritage Sites.

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Increasing air pollution a worry for Angkor

Air pollution is now a major cause for concern in Angkor, which has risen sharply as a result of increased tourism.

ANGKOR VAT, SURTOUT NE PAS BRONZER !

In Cambodia, toxic air threatens timeless ruins
Global Post, 06 July 2014
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Inventory of Bagan monuments to be drawn up

Myanmar begins to invetory the monuments of Bagan as a first step to have them listed as a World Heritage site.

Bagan

UNESCO to help Myanmar list monuments in ancient Bagan city
The Nation, 27 June 2014
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Fossil tortoise found in Java

A fossil tortoise is found in Java, amidst some rock-shaped balls that suggests hominids hunted them using tools.

East Java Villager Finds Tortoise Fossil
Jakarta Globe, 02 July 2014
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