The ‘doctor laureate’ steles at Ha Noi’s Temple of Literature are being sent for consideration into UNESCO’s Memory of the World documentary heritage programme.
Temple steles make bid for UNESCO status [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 30 Mar 2009
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute of the Malay World and Civilisation kicks off a two-day seminar today to develop a blueprint for research and tourism development at the 1,700 site in Kedah, the northern peninsular Malaysian state. Bujang Valley was in the news recently when a team from Universiti Sains Malaysia discovered evidence for iron smelting last month.
Seminar To Develop Blueprint On Bujang Valley
Bernama, 27 March 2009
Four sites in northeastern Thailand have been shortlisted as the first fossil protection sites in the country.
photo credit: kevinzim
Four fossil sites eyed
Bangkok Post, 27 March 2009
The newly-opened history gallery at the Sarawak Museum takes visitors to Sarawak’s past from the 7th century to today. I was particularly taken with the rock carving of the man on the boulder – whose name escapes me now.
Relics from the past at the Sarawak museum
The Star, 26 March 2009
Around the same time there was a new standoff at Preah Vihear, a reminder that it’s not all tense and gloomy between Thailand and Cambodia. Researchers working on the Living Angkor Road project are helping young Thais and Cambodians celebrate their shared history and culture by revealing their findings on a local level. The Living Angkor Road Project is a cross-country project to chart the ancient highway between Angkor in Cambodia and Phimai in Thailand. Archaeology is a pretty powerful political tool to fuel nationalistic senses, but it can also an equally powerful tool to promote friendship by highlighting similarities and exchanges between cultures as well.
Project on Thai-Cambodian border bridges cultural ties through learning about a shared history
Bangkok Post, 24 March 2009
A tense – but short – faceoff ensued on Wednesday when Thai troops allegedly crossed over into the disputed zone surrounding Preah Vihear. No conflict ensued but the confrontation is a reminder of the unresolved border spat between Thailand and Cambodia.
Thai, Cambodian troops face off again near temple
25 March 2009
The ‘Tomb of the White Elephant’, an artificial hill outside the ruins of Koh Ker is the subject of a current archaeological investigation by the Ecole FranÃ§aise d’ExtrÃªme-Orient.
A study of sacred places in ancient Cambodia: the Ecole franÃ§aise d’ExtrÃªme-Orient at work in Koh Ker
Ka-Set, via CAAI News Media, 24 March 2009
No rojak today (haven’t found anything interesting enough this past week), so I thought I’d post a few thoughts about my current research. The warhol-esque image represents a major part of my work, the digital image analysis and my attempts to re-present the rock art into meaningful bits of information.
The Yen Bai province museum in Vietnam receives a donation of 60 artefacts from the Dong Son period.
Yen Bai Museum receives 60 antiques
The Voice of the Armed Forces and People, 23 March 2009
A number of properties including Dutch colonial bunkers and megalithic terraces are declared to be under heritage protection by a team of archaeologists in Bogor.
Bunkers, stones, structures listed as protected heritage
Jakarta Post, 22 March 2009