Ayutthaya: Glimpses of Past Glory

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!

Ayutthaya Ruins
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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You mean the Hobbit has cousins down south?

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?

Mike Morwood, Northern Territory News, 27 May 2008

Hobbit relative ‘live in NT’
Northern Territory News, 27 May 2008
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Migration in Southeast Asia: It's the other way around!

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
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Stepped up secruity to prevent future vandalism of Thai sites

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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Science Talks the Hobbit

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
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International Conference on Srivijaya Civilization, July 16 – 19, 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.
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