Symposium: Before Siam Was Born

A special symposium will be held next week at the Bangkok National Museum in conjunction with the Dvaravati exhibition.

Before Siam was Born: New Research on Dvaravati
Date: 03 September 2009
Time: 09:00 am – 04:00 pm
National Museum Bangkok
Information and reservation: Nicolas Revire
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Public Lecture: 'Bian-hong: Mastermind of Borobudur?'

The Asian Civilisations Museum hosts a public lecture by Hiram Woodward about Borobudur and the hypothesis of a Javanese Monk who was behind the construction.
photo credit: F H Mira

Bian-hong: Mastermind of Borobudur?
Date: 2 Sep 2009
Time: 7:00 – 8:45pm
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
Limited seating. Register by emailing
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Rediscovering an ancient Thai hub

A travel feature on the village of Kok Mai Den in the northern province of Nakhon Sawan in Thailand, which was a major prehistoric city until the Dvaravati period.

Local efforts put an ancient site on the tourist map
Bangkok Post, 23 August 2009
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Archaeological sites among Vietnam's 10 national treasures

A number of archaeological sites, including the My Son Sanctuary, the ancient capital of Hue, Hoi An Ancient Town and the Thang Long Citadel have been named in a list of special national treasures in Vietnam.

Hoi An
photo credit: robertlafond2009

Ten special national historical sites announced
Vietnam Net Bridge, 17 August 2009
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Wednesday Rojak #64 – The stolen and fading traditions edition

This week’s rojak features the dying tradition of gong tuning in Vietnam, and a case of stolen tradition in a spat between Indonesia and Malaysia. And a special treat for those who missed the Hobbit Symposium earlier this year.
photo credit: roktobaren
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Preah Vihear hostilities declared at end

At last! After 13 months, it looks like the Thai and Cambodian armies facing off at Preah Vihear have agreed to end hostilities and abide by a new border demarcating the territories.

Peace at Preah Vihear: army
Phnom Penh Post, 25 August 2009

Cambodia to cut troop numbers at temple site disputed by Thailand
The Nation, 25 August 2009

Thai, Cambodian army chiefs say temple hostilities over
Monsters & Critics, 25 August 2009

Border troops to stand down as Preah Vihear conflict cools
Phnom Penh Post, 24 August 2009
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Public Lecture: Dvaravati: What Was It Then, What Is It to Us Now

In conjunction with the Dvaravati exhibition at the Bangkok National Museum, John Toomey will give a lecture at the Siam Society on October 1 and conduct a special tour of the collection on October 3.

Dvaravati: What Was It Then, What Is It to Us Now
Date: 01 October 2009
Venue: The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Rd, Sukhumvit 21
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Stele with Champa script found in Phu Yen province

Archaeologists report the discovery of a yet-to-be dated stele made of granite and inscribed with eight lines of Champa script.

Ancient Champa stele unearthed

VOV News, 19 August 2009
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Archaeologist discover evidence for human habitation dating 10,000 years in Vietnamese cave

A team of archaeologists in Vietnam have discovered a cave in the Ninh Binh Province containing evidence of human habitation, inferred by the remains of assorted animal bone and molluscs.

Cave fossils reveal pre-historic human habitat
VOV News, 11 August 2009
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Wednesday Rojak #63

Been a pretty busy last few weeks, hence my lack of regular posts and rojaks. This week’s edition links to images of the Bujang Valley, a visit to Kampong Cham and the history of the Hobbit.
Cities of Gold
photo credit: plassen
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