Public lecture: The Mỹ Sơn and Pô Nagar Nha Trang Sanctuaries

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From the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore:

The Mỹ Sơn and Pô Nagar Nha Trang Sanctuaries: On the Cosmological Dualist Cult of the Champa Kingdom in Central Vietnam as Seen from Art and Anthropology by Dr Tran Ky-Phuong

Date: 23/04/2008
Time: 15:00 – 16:30
Venue: Asia Research Institute, 469A Tower Block, Level 10, Bukit Timah Road, National University of Singapore @ BTC
Organisers: Dr TRAN Thi Que Ha

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Sukhothai Online

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I’m currently in Thailand now, looking up some research for my thesis and with any luck I’ll be the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya today. On that related note, the other ancient Thai capital (considered the “first” Thai capital in fact) Sukhothai is the subject of a newly launched website by UNESCO and the Thai Fine Arts Department.

UNESCO and Fine Arts Department to Launch New Website for Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet
UNESCO World Heritage news, 27 March 2008
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Ancient Vietnamese capital one step closer to world heritage listing

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The Vietnamese department of culture is one step closer to having the ancient capital of Vietnam in Thanh Hoa Province listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site by completing a scientific profile of the citadel site.

Vietnam Net Bridge, 26 Mar 2008

Thanh Hoa to complete Ho dynasty citadel profile for UNESCO recognition
Vietnam Net Bridge, 26 March 2008
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National Heritage Board (Singapore) Scholarship


The National Heritage Board of Singapore is offering scholarships to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. I’m not sure if this scholarship is applicable for archaeology, but a number of related fields are:

NHB scholarship

The NHB scholarship scheme provides financial assistance for promising talents in Singapore to pursue full-time undergraduate or postgraduates studies in the fields of heritage and/or museum management or administration.

The grant is awarded only once for the duration of the study and is non-renewable. Grant quantum is 100% of study costs and is capped at a maximum of $100,000. Some of the areas of study allowed under the Scheme are:

· Conservation
· Museum Education
· General Museum Studies
· Curatorial Studies
· Museum Exhibition Design
· Archival Studies
· Art History
· Heritage Education

Download the forms here.

Public lecture: The Cargo of the East Indiaman Götheborg Shipwreck

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For anyone interested in underwater archaeology and the Southeast Asian ceramics trade, you might be interested in this talk at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore.

The Cargo of the East Indiaman Götheborg Shipwreck
02 Apr 2008
Wednesday, 7.00 pm
Discovery Room, ACM Empress Place
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Introduction to Singapore lecture at the NAMOS

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Anyone interested in the (pre)history of Singapore might be interested in this series of lectures to be held at the National Museum of Singapore. The first lecture held on April 5 entitled Understanding Temasek – Myth and history of 14th century Singapore should deal with a lot of the archaeological data available.

(click on the image to download the brochure)

Malacca Museum break-in: Security firm sacked

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… and rightly so! The break-in, reported two weekends ago, saw the loss of three replica Portuguese pistols and eleven even more valuable kris (Malay daggers) from the History and Enthonography Museum in Malacca.

photo credit: SqueakyMarmot

Museum fires firm in charge of security after artefact theft
New Straits Times, 20 March 2008
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