Wednesday Rojak #48

Because of all the holiday traveling (Christmas, New Year, and Chinese New Year) and fieldwork, it’s been nearly two months since the last time I posted a rojak. I’ve got quite a fair bit collected over the last few weeks, so without further ado, here are some of the interesting blogs and stories about archaeology and Southeast Asia, the first for the year.

Ayutthaya
photo credit: travlinman43

  • There’s a field school currently going on in the Banda Islands in Maluku, Indonesia run by the University of Washington. Read the field school blog here.
  • Gary Arndt, world traveller, lists the Prambanan Temple and Angkor among his top 10 Cultural World Heritage Sites.
  • How much is Majapahit actually worth? Ariantu A. Patunru weighs in on the recent government blunder over the destruction of the Trowulan site On the Trowulan Brouhaha.
  • On a journey to Thailand, Singaporean blogger Veron visits Muang Boran the Ancient City, and Ayutthaya.
  • The Cambodian Stone Project is an ongoing project by Frederico Caro’, a geologist at the New York Met. The project hopes to trace the sources of stone and stone types and develop a database for future reference.
  • Speaking of stone, the art of sculpting in stone is enjoying a revival as reported by the Phnom Penh Post’s Pre-Angkor stone carving remains a very modern affair.
  • Andy Brouwer shows us some very facinating rock carvings at Koh Ker.
  • And Market Manila features some highlights from a visit to Angkor Thom.
  • Ever wondered how bronze drums were cast? This pictorial essay shows how modern craftsmen create a dong son-style drum inside the ancient citadel of Thang Long in Hanoi.

In this series of weekly (at least, it tries to be weekly) rojaks (published on Wednesdays) I’ll feature other sites in the blogosphere that are related to archaeology in Southeast Asia. Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.