Roxanna Brown and the art fraud mystery

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What kind of royal screw-up led to Roxanna Brown’s death? Details of the ill-fated detention of the esteemed Dr Brown is recounted in the Seattle Times, with disturbing and sad revelations over how she was denied medical care and attention which led to her untimely and unnecessary death. (Thanks to Black Rose Press for the link)

Was Roxanna Brown an Art-World Fraud?
Seattle Times, 29 October 2008
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Looted artefacts may represent an entirely different tribe

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It’s taken a long time, but Philippine archaeologists are finally examining a set of anthropomorphic jars that were recently seized from looters. The artefacts are thought to have been excavated as far back as 10 years ago. The unique nature of these jars coupled with ethnographic knowledge of the peoples currently inhabiting the region indicate that these jars may be the remains of an as-yet-unidentified population that once lived in Southern Philippines.

Artifacts from smugglers in Sarangani may lead to lost tribe
ABS-CBN News, 26 October 2008
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German group helps build tourism at Sambor Prei Kuk

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Community tourism – that’s what the German Development Organisation has been helping residents at Sambor Prei Kuk to do, by building up and training a community-based tourism infrastructure. Hopefully, community-based archaeological ventures will follow as well. Check out a related post in this week’s Wednesday Rojak coming out later today.

Tourism, with a community twist
Phnom Penh Post, 24 October 2008
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Finger pointing over damaged temple

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Well, it had to happen eventually when you’re opening fire in a heritage site. A staircase and a naga (snake) statue have been damaged, apparently from rocket fire, and both parties have accused each other in causing damage to the heritage site.

Thailand denies damaging Cambodian world heritage temple
AFP, 27 October 2008

Thailand accused of damaging temple
The Nation, 27 October 2007

Cambodia accuse Thai troops of damaging ancient temple
Radio Australia, 27 October 2008

World Heritage temple damaged in clashes
AFP, via AsiaOne, 26 October 2008

The Phnom Penh Post also reports some hopeful news – that the UNESCO committee is expected to demarcate the Preah Vihear Site at the end of the year, which may put the border dispute to rest once and for all.

Unesco to dermarcate Preah Vihear
Phnom Penh Post, 24 October 2008

The Hidden Walls of Fort Malacca

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A couple of weeks ago, I was in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Malacca for a short holiday – it’s a popular tourist spot for quick getways, a mere 2-3 hours away from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, great food and plenty of sights to see. With the new World Heritage listing, the town has spruced itself up pretty well. The last time I was there, which was two years ago, I narrowly missed out on the discovery of the ancient walls of Fort Malacca. This time round, I knew it had to be on my list of things to see.

Malacca, World Heritage City

Malacca, World Heritage City


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Cambodia and Thailand restart border talks

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Talks over the border dispute near the Preah Vihear temple began today, in Siem Reap between officials, and again tomorrow in Beijing, where the Thai Premier and Cambodian Prime Minister will hold talks in Beijing.

Thailand, Cambodia meet on border dispute
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 23 October 2008

Off to Beijing
Bangkok Post, 23 October 2008

Thailand and Cambodia resume border talks at Siem Reap
MCOT News, 23 October 2008

Cambodians Favor Diplomatic Solution to Temple Standoff With Thailand
VOA News, 22 October 2008

Soldiers withdraw from Ta Moan Thom, Ta Krabey temples
Phnom Penh Post, 22 October 2008

On Thai Border, a Return to Tense Normality
VOA News, 21 October 2008

Malaysia's best-kept archaeological attraction

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The Star features the archaeological museum at Bujang Valley, an hour’s drive away from the popular tourist destination of Penang. The article has a questionable reference of the Bujang Valley being once known as Nusantara – the term ‘Nusantara’ is actually a term to refer to the entire Malay world (from modern Malaysia, Indonesia to Southern Philippines, or in some cases just Indonesia). For more detailed information about Bujang Valley, check out the SEAArch special reports here and here.

Bujang Valley treasures
The Star, 21 October 2008
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