Public Lecture: KaalaChakra 'Wheel of Time’: An Archaeological Trail of Early Indian Influence in Southeast Asia

From the National Library of Singapore:
By: Associate Professor (A/P) John Miksic from the National University of Singapore’s Department of Southeast Asian Studies]

Date/Time : 29 Feb 2008, 7pm
Venue: National Library of Singapore, 100 Victoria Street, Visitors’ briefing room

If a person desires to relive the memories from ancient history, it will be impossible to ignore the importance of evidence based on archaeological research. The KaalaChakra exhibition at Level 10 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library showcases some artefacts, archaeological and inscriptional evidences which embark us on backward journey into time.
Come and be amazed by Associate Professor (A/P) John Miksic from the National University of Singapore’s Department of Southeast Asian Studies as he takes us through an explorative journey of archaeological traces in Southeast Asia that early Indians left behind in the region! In his talk, A/P Miksic will also touch on architectural influence in some of Southeast Asian temples, such as Angkor Wat in Cambodia, which evidence the ancient Indian touch in this part of Asia.

A/P John Miksic first arrived in Singapore in 1968 while in the Peace Corps in Kedah, Malaysia He has spent most of his life in Southeast Asia, namely Malaysia Indonesia and Singapore. A/P Miksic has had two types of careers: the first being a rural development adviser, the other as an archaeologist and lecturer.
His main activity over the past 20 years has been archaeological research in Singapore. He also continues research projects in Indonesia, particularly Java and Sumatra. In recent years, A/P Miksic also become deeply involved in Cambodia, especially the period leading to the foundation of Angkor, coupled with some work with graduate students on Myanmar.

A/P Miksic’s academic qualifications encompass a Ph.D. in Anthropology (Cornell University), M.A. Anthropology (Cornell University), an M.A. International Affairs (Ohio University) and B.A. Anthropology (Dartmouth College)

SEAArch on Asia East and Greg Laden's blog

If you’re doing a little surfing around this morning, make sure you drop by the Four Stone Hearth Blog Carnival (#33!) at Greg Laden’s blog and also check out the latest issue of Asia East! At both sites, I contributed the recent post about 5 Southeast Asian Archaeology sites to visit (that are not Angkor). Check these two sites out for great articles about anthropology and Asia.

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Asia East

UC Berkeley Art Museum’s stolen Ban Chiang artefacts

After four museums were investigated for holding looted artefacts – among them artefacts from Ban Chiang, Thailand – the UC Berkeley’s Art Museum is now being investigated for being offered the artefacts.

Ban Chiang Ware, creative commons image by drdrewhonolulu

Museum May House Illegally Taken Works
The Daily Californian, 28 January 2008
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Ancient lamps on show

An exhibition on ancient lamps is on show at Ho Chi Minh city, with one of the oldest pieces coming from the Dong Son culture.

Thanh Nien News, 25 Jan 2008

Ancient Lamps exhibited at HCMC
Thanh Nien News, 25 January 2008

Collection of ancient lamps on display
Vietnam Net Bridge, 27 January 2008
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Thai defence ministry speaks out on Preah Vihear dispute

A minor furore erupted when a spokesman for the Thai defence ministry spoke out on the ongoing dispute about management of the Preah Vihear temple, which resides on Cambodian soil but is only accessible through the Thai side of the border.

Preah Vihear, Creative Commons image by Hintz Family
Creative Commons image by Hintz Family

Army warns dispute could have repercussions
Bangkok Post, 25 January 2008
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Military bungles over Preah Vihear
Nation Multimedia, 26 January 2008
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Southeast Asian artefacts turn up in Californian museum raid

Over in the US, four museums in California are being investigated over possession of artefacts that were allegedly illegally exported from Southeast Asia and looted from Native American lands.

Burmese Art Features in US Smuggling Probe
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 25 January 2008

Raids New Blow to American Museums
Associated Press, 25 January 2008
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5 Southeast Asian archaeology sites to visit (that are not Angkor)

Forget Angkor. Sure, it’s one of the largest religious monuments in the world, and you gotta admit that with spectacular architecture, sculpture and bas-reliefs there’s no wonder over two million people visited Cambodia last year. But the archaeological sites in Southeast Asian are so much more than the 11th century temple to Vishnu.

With some suggestions from the facebook group, SEAArch gives you the internet tour of five other spectacular archaeological sites in Southeast Asia open to the casual visitor – and three of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. So step in and take a look at some of the other great sites Southeast Asia has to offer – in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and yes, even Singapore!

Note: The names in parentheses denote the nearest airport.

Two more Dong Son drums on the block

An artefact auction held today in the Ha Tay Province in Vietnam will see another two Dong Son drums go on the auction block. Proceeds from this auction go to charity.

Ha Tay antiques auctioned for charity
Vietnam Net Bridge, 24 January 2008
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10th century Sanggurah Stone returns to Indonesia

A Javanese stone tablet that was taken by British colonialists in the early 19th century returns to Indonesia. The four-tonne stone dates to the Mataram Kingdom and carries an inscription in old Javanese. It is ascribed to the Javanese king, Sri Maharaja Rakai Pangkaja Dyah Wawa Sri Wijayalokanamottungga.

Ancient artifact to return to Indonesia
Jakarta Post, 24 Jan 2008

Indonesia negotiates return of ancient stone from Scotland
MSN News, 24 Jan 2008
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