The Bangkok Post carried a feature on one of Thailand’s most-cherished World Heritage Sites, the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Read on to find out more about this Venice of the East!
photo credit: Sancho Papa
Glimpses of past glory
Sightseeing highlights in a town that was once a metropolis
Bangkok Post, 29 May 2008
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After a period of silence, the state of Malacca is trying to find out what’s the story behind the bones that were unearthed last year.
No word yet on skeletons found near Malacca River
The Star, 28 May 2008
Mike Morwood, one of the discoverers of the Flores hobbit, is attempting to locate more dimunitive humans in Australia’s Northern Territory – but are there really hobbits to be found, or is this just a mountain out of a molehill?
Hobbit relative ‘live in NT’
Northern Territory News, 27 May 2008
In this week’s rojak, we take you to the spectacular temples of Cambodia, Java and Thailand.
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New genetic-level studies on Southeast Asian populations throw up new ideas about how humans migrated and populated this region – it may well turn out that the Austronesian expansion wasn’t as big a deal as it was made out to be.
New Research Forces U-turn In Population Migration Theory
Science Daily, 26 May 2008
In response to last week’s vandalism of the Khmer temple of Phanom Rung, the Thai Fine Arts department have funded additional security measures. The word on the ground is that the vandalism is part of an occult ritual.
Security at ancient sites to get boost
Bangkok Post, 24 May 2008
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Vietnam has its share of mysterious mummies too – this one is from Ho Chi Minh City, apparently an aristocrat who died over 140 years ago.
A Vietnamese Mummy
Thanh Nien News, 23 May 2008
In this week’s edition of Science Talk, the podcast of Scientific American, there’s a segment entitled Little Brains, Big Brains, about the Indonesian hobbit or homo floresiensis.
Little Brains, Big Brains: Latest Flores Hobbit News
Scientific American, May 21 2008
From the Palembang Centre for Archaeology:
It is the general assumption that Srivijaya was an powerful maritime kingdom that played an important role in the political forum in early Southeast Asia for many centuries, from 7th century to the end of 13th century AD. Just as its sudden appearance not very much is known of its decline, for that matter, the extent of this hegemony especially in Insular Southeast Asia during the height of its power. It influenced many social aspects in the region at that time, such as history of political life, beliefs, culture and economy.
Bangkok Post carried a feature yesterday about the history of the disputed Preah Vihear temple as well as a history of the dispute.
A Fine Line
Bangkok Post, 22 May 2008