Wednesday Rojak #59

This week, we step into an ancient boat (at least, a reconstruction of one), mull over small brains and tools, and figure out a contested temple’s role in politics. This and more in today’s edition of rojak!
stone tool finds
photo credit: andy_carter

  • Anton Diaz takes us inside the Balangay boat, which is due to set sail this weekend in a historic journey to retrace the ancient maritime routes through the Philippines. (Read more about it tomorrow!)
  • Why should we be surprised that the small-brained hobbits used tools? Eric Drexler shows us examples of tool use in animals with much smaller brains in Homo floresiensis, Crows, and the Baldwin Effect
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  • Nina wanders her way into Angkor with some beautiful shots of Angkor Wat.
  • From Anthropology.net, read about the new paper in Anthropological Science about homo floresiensis’ relation to homo erectus.
  • The Open Anthropology Cooperative is a new web resource for anyone with an interest in the subject – form groups, hold discussions and collaborate with friends. The last I checked, there wasn’t a Southeast Asian Anthropology yet.
  • This Bangkok Post editorial sheds some light on why the thorny Preah Vihear issue may be too important for Thai politics.

In this series of occasional rojaks (published on Wednesdays) I 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.

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