Wednesday Rojak #28

New museums, Hobbit commentaries and views of some of Southeast Asia’s archaeological sites – all this for today’s edition of rojak!

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The bizarre dental question

This story of the Hobbit tooth should have come out earlier, but I seem to have missed it out. This was what’s been causing the recent Hobbit tooth furore over the past couple of days (see here and here).

Hobbit dental work? Science, 24 April 2008

Tempest in a Hobbit Tooth
Science, 24 April 2008
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UNESCO calls off joint talks over Preah Vihear

Thailand and Cambodia were supposed to hold joint talks with UNESCO in Paris over the weekend about submitting the Angkorian temple of Preah Vihear to the World Heritage List, but the meeting was called off unexpectedly.

Unesco calls off joint talks
Bangkok Post, 28 April 2008
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Prehistoric utensils found along Thai-Cambodian border

Prehistoric utensils and ceramics were found in a cave in Thailand’s Chanthaburi province, in a mountain bordering Thailand and Cambodia.

Prehistoric utensils from Chanthaburi province, MCOT News, 24 April 2008

Ancient artifacts found in Chanthaburi Cambodian-border cave
MCOT News, 24 April 2008
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Thailand, Cambodia and UNESCO meet over Preah Vihear

Thailand and Cambodia will enter into talks with UNESCO to discuss the matter of co-registering the border temple of Preah Vihear.

Talks called on Preah Vihear site
Bangkok Post, 25 April 2008
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Cat Tien exhibition at Ho Chi Minh City

Anyone in Ho Chi Minh city? There’s an exhibition at the Vietnam History Museum featuring finds from the site of Cat Tien, which flourished from the 4th to 9th centuries.

300 antiques on display at exhibition on Cat Tien
Vietnam Net Bridge, 23 April 2008
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"Syam Kuk"

Some old wounds take centuries to heal. “Syam Kuk” refers to the bas-relief at Angkor Wat where the Khmer army and Thai mercenaries march eastward to fight the Chams from Vietnam, and they form the backdrop to the current tense relations between Thailand and Cambodia.

Syam Kuk, Angkor Wat

Still wary the empire might strike
Bangkok Post, 24 April 2008
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Public Lecture: Early Indian Influence in Southeast Asia

Early Indian Influence in Southeast Asia: References on Southeast Asia in ancient Tamil literature

Date/Time: Saturday Apr 26, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Level 5 – Possibility in National Library
Language: Tamil

Dr S.P. Thinnappan, from South Asian Studies Programme, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS,will talk on the early references about Southeast Asia made in ancient Tamil literature, such as Silappathikaaram and Pattinapaalai.