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.
Cement Factory Accused of Destroying Antiquities
The Irrawaddy, 25 February 2008
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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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) Iâ€™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!
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 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.
One of Myanmar’s most stunning architectural treasures is the Shwedagon Temple, built in the later half of the first millennium CE and contains the supposed relics of Buddhas.
Creative commons image by ppbaud
Glorious Golden Pagoda
Wall Street Journal, 23 February 2008
Learn about the Ilonggo-Bisayans, one of the primary aboriginal groups in the Philippine islands.
Establishing pre-colonial Ilonggo identity
Philippine Enquirer, 22 February 2008
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
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.
Shumla sends Texas to Thailand for rock art research
Southwest Texas live, 21 February 2008