Mountain blasting endangers 1,000-year-old Buddhist cave in Myanmar

A cement factory linked to the Myanmar government is said to be endangering an ancient Buddhist site by blasting the nearby mountains for material without regard for the relics housed in the cave.

The Irrawaddy, 25 Feb 2008

Cement Factory Accused of Destroying Antiquities
The Irrawaddy, 25 February 2008
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Preah Vihear on agenda of Thai PM's visit to Cambodia

The disputed temple of Preah Vihear/Khao Phra Viharn is in the news again, ahead of the new Thai PM’s meeting with his counterpart in Cambodia. Thailand’s proposing a shared responsibility over the management of the 11th century Khmer temple owing to an unresolved border dispute.

Preah Vihear to top the agenda of Samak’s visit to Cambodia
Bangkok Post, 29 February 2008
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Wednesday Rojak #22

In this week’s edition of Wednesday Rojak…

  • Nerd’s eye review shows us how to prepare for Angkor Wat.
  • TS Yeoh brings us some pictures from the Bujang Valley archaeological park.
  • Anthropology.net weighs in on a recent paper about culture and natural selection (through the analogy of boat design in the pacific).
  • This French article talks about the first capital of the Thai kingdom, Sukhothai.
  • And Andy writes about the Ramkhamhaeng stele of Thailand.

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

Thai PM briefed on Preah Vihear

In preparation for the impending meeting between the two countries, Thai PM Samak Sundaravej has asked the military for a briefing on the disputed site of Preah Vihear (see here).

Samak asks army for full briefing on Preah Vihear
Bangkok Post, 27 February 2008
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If you missed Angkor Wat on tv…

If you missed the Angkor Wat edition of Digging for the Truth, it turns out that there are clips of the entire episode on YouTube! I caught it today at the morning repeat – it was pretty ok, covering the major monuments of Angkor, along with footage from the Greater Angkor Project and Cambodian Martial Art.

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Preah Vihear: Cambodia to send delegation to Thailand

Cambodian representatives will be meeting their Thai counterparts to talk about the ongoing dispute over submitting the temple as a UNESCO World Heritage site. While the International Court of Justice has ruled that the temple belongs to Cambodia, the undefined border in the surrounding region remains the source of contention between the two nations.

A Cambodia team to visit Bangkok on Preah Vihear issue
The Nation Multimedia, 21 February 2008
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Digging for the Truth: Angkor Wat airing this evening

Anyone with History Channel in Singapore and Malaysia might be interested in catching tonight’s episode of Digging for the Truth, which features Angkor Wat.

Catch the History Channel documentary on Angkor Wat at 9 pm.

Read all about the temple of Angkor Wat:
Angkor Cities and Temples by C. Jaques
Of Gods, Kings and Men: The Reliefs of Angkor Wat
The Treasures of Angkor: Cultural Travel Guide (Rizzoli Art Guide) by M. Albanese
Angkor Wat: Time, Space, and Kingship by E. Mannikka
Khmer Mythology: Secrets Of Angkor Wat by V. Roveda
Apsarases at Angkor Wat, in Indian context by K. M. Srivastava
Angkor Wat and cultural ties with India by K. M. Srivastava

Thailand's rock art

The Shumla (Studying Human Use of Materials, Land, and Art), a centre for rock art research based in Texas, recently made a trip to Thailand to see some of the rock art there. Rock art is one of the least understood pieces of material culture in Southeast Asia, and in this region is given a cursory, by-the-way mention in texts. Rock art in Thailand is clustered around the northeast and along the peninsula.

Southwest Texas Live, 21 Feb 2008

Shumla sends Texas to Thailand for rock art research
Southwest Texas live, 21 February 2008
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