Kiln find raises new questions in Cham construction methods

A brick kiln discovered in the Quang Ngai province in Vietnam raises new questions about the construction methods used by the Cham. In its height, the Cham (4th – 9th century) controlled much of the coastline of Southern Vietnam and flourished by facilitating maritime trade between China and India.

Cham ethnic people’s relic found in Quang Ngai
Nhan Dan – 29 Dec 2007
8th century brick kiln discovered in Quang Ngai
Thanh Nien News – 29 Dec 2007
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Cave restriction to fend off hunters of Yamashita's treasure?


I posted the story about Philippines move to regulate treasure hunting in caves earlier, but a smaller detail in this Inquirer story was a little interesting – besides archaeological and cultural finds, is the Philippines trying to deter hunters for Yamashita’s treasure as well?

Philippines to regulate treasure-hunting
Philippine Inquirer, 27 Dec 2007
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Call for Papers: 12th European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA) international conference

European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA)
12th International Conference
Leiden , the Netherlands
1 – 5 September 2008


Second Announcement
Call for Papers

We invite papers on all aspects of Southeast Asian archaeology, including art history, epigraphy, and numismatics. Papers on China and India that closely relate to Southeast Asian themes, may also be presented by agreement and if time permits.

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Wednesday Rojak #16

This Christmas edition of the Wednesday Rojak brings us to Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia for some ancient temples, royal architecture, hobbits and the Shan:

In this series of weekly rojaks (published on Wednesdays) I’ll feature other sites in the blogosphere that are of related to archaeology in Southeast Asia. Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!

13th century Shipwreck recovered from the South China Sea

A 13th century shipwreck laden with Song Dynasty porcelain was recovered from the depths of the South China Sea last week – ships like these were common in the international trade that plied the maritime silk route between China and West Asia, and they all moved through Southeast Asia.

Xinhua, 22 Dec 2007

Sunken Merchant Boat Raised from the Sea
Xinhua, 22 Dec 2007

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Win 'The Art of Champa' in the SEAArch Christmas giveaway

Merry Christmas! This Christmas season, the Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog is giving away a hardcover copy of The Art of Champa by Jean-Francois Hubert.

The Art of Champa

How do you win? All you have to do is to leave a comment on SEAArch during the Christmas season (Dec 25 – Jan 6):

  • Each comment represents one chance at the draw; you may post as many comments as you want, but comments must be related to the topic.
  • Each comment must be accompanied with an email address. This will enable me to get in touch with you if you win the book. Fret not, your email will not be given to any third party.
  • At the end of the 12 days of Christmas, I’ll collate the commenters and draw the lucky winner. The book will be sent to the winner by post!

Easy as pie, eh? Of course, you could always just buy the book.

Book Review: The Discovery of the Hobbit

Duncan Graham, a writer based in Surabaya, gives his take on the book The Discovery of the Hobbit by Mike Morwood and Penny van Oosterzee. Another review of the book has been posted on SEAArch here.

The Trouble With Hobbits
The Jakarta Post, 23 December 2007
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Nalanda, the view from the sky

The Archaeological Survey of India is embarking on a project to survey the Nalanda University complex via satellite. Why is this getting some air time on SEAArch? Because there’s an exhibition going on about Buddhism in Asia at Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum, with Nalanda as the focal point.

Satellite survey of Nalanda ruins begins in Bihar
Nerve News, 20 December 2007
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