Wednesday Rojak #60 – The Broken Pagoda edition

It’s truly a rojak edition of rojak – I can’t find a theme to string all these posts through! We’ve got a little bit of stolen gold (photographs, that is), broken pagodas, evolutionists and a bit of twittering.
Chedi restoration - Wat Doi Suthep
photo credit: avlxyz

  • Ignoring the no-photography rule, Mongkol shows us some of the spectacular jewellery on display at the Khmer Gold exhibition in the National Museum at Phnom Penh.
  • What does the collapse of the Danok Pagoda last month signal to a superstitious country? Nothing good, we think, and many see the collapse as yet another omen in the impending doom of the military junta. Read here and here.
  • Betti, a teacher in Chiang Mai, shares with us some of her favourite chedis (Buddhist monuments) in Chiang Mai.
  • Are you twittering yet? If you’re looking for Twitter and archaeology, Kris’ Archaeology Blog has a comprehensive list of archaeologists, institutions projects and websites that have a twitter presence. (Er, if you’re looking for SEAArch’s twitter, you can find it here).
  • While the world celebrate the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth (and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species), we should also remember Alfred Russell Wallace, who came to the same conclusion as Darwin at the same time based on his fieldwork in Southeast Asia. Check out the AP feature here, although take note that the Discovery Institute referenced in the article is a known advocate of creationism (or Intelligent Design, as they like to call it).
  • What can archaeology tell us about ethnicity – or rather, can ethnicity even be discerned from the archaeological record? Johan Nomark writes about Ethnicity in the Archaeological Record in this three-parter here, here and here.

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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