Angkor Ancestors at the Cambodian National Museum

The latest exhibition in the National Museum Cambodia, Angkor Ancestors, draws our attention to the Bronze Age remains and artefacts found in what is now Angkor’s Western Baray. The exhibition is on now until the end of the year, so catch the exhibition if you’re there. (Many thanks to Sam Campbell for sharing with us the link.)

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photo credit: Tjeerd

Angkor Ancestors
Economics Today Magazine, 15-31 May 2009 (Direct link here)

Gazing at polished museum pieces rarely conjures images of archaeologists dutifully dusting the clods of earth from their fragile finds. Angkor Ancestors, a new exhibition at the National Museum, bridges the gap between exhibit and expedition
with admirable style.

A testament to the understudied and oft overlooked pre-Angkor period, the exhibition features all the spooky skulls and hoary handicrafts you’d expect. But a replicated dig site, faithfully reproduced even down to the local soil, is far from usual.


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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.

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