Hey, that's us!

It’s been two days at the 19th Indo-Pacific Prehistory Congress at Hanoi and it’s been a massive gathering with lots of great meet-ups. The opening ceremony yesterday was quite big – I found it quite cool that the former president of Vietnam (Tran Duc Long) is also the president of the Vietnam Association of Archaeology.

Indo-Pacific pre-historians meet in Hanoi
Nhan Dan, 30 November 2009
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Public Lecture: A Millennium of Shipwreck Artifacts and the Stories they Tell

Folks in Singapore interested about the wealth of archaeological treasures found in the water of Southeast Asia might be interested in Dr Flecker’s talk at NUS on Tuesday.

Assorted Treasures: A Millennium of Shipwreck Artifacts and the Stories they Tell
Tuesday, 01 Dec 2009, 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Seminar Room II, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
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Divers undergo training to preserve shipwrecks

Divers from Southeast Asia are currently in Thailand undergoing training by Unesco to preserve underwater cultural treasures.
Barbados 2009
photo credit: ben.ramirez

Treasures of the deep gain protection
Bangkok Post, 23 November 2009
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Pole photography for archaeology – Part 4: Evaluations

I end off my series on using a pole camera for archaeology (check out Parts 1: The Problem, 2: Field Test and 3: Parts list) with some evaluative notes about the use of the polecam, some things I might want to try out for later, and the cost of the whole setup.

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Excavations at Trowulan Information Centre ends

The excavation at the site of the Majapahit Information Centre concluded last week, yielding the discovery of 150,000 fragments (?) and 60,000 Chinese coins (periods not specified). The haul of Chinese cash has been interpreted as th existence of trade and diplomatic relations between China and Majapahit, but I think it’s important to note that Chinese coinage is found just about everywhere in Southeast Asia – it could have been accepted as some sort of universal currrency, similar to how the US dollar is accepted in most parts of SEA today.

Ratusan Ribu Peninggalan Majapahit Ditemukan
Kompas.com, 22 November 2009
Translation via Google Translate
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Pole photography for archaeology – Part 3: Parts List

You’ve seen the polecam in action in the last post, in this post we’ll take a closer look at the polecam rig, the parts I used and the factors I considered for each part.

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Lack of skilled staff at the Fine Arts Department

The Thai Fine Arts Department, which oversees traditional arts and archaeology in Thailand is reported to have a shortage of skilled staff particularly archaeological staff, because of cuts in staff and the highly-specialised nature of some of the jobs involved.

Fine Arts Department faces staff shortage
Bangkok Post, 21 November 2009
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Scholars speak out against 'Ramayana Trail'

Scholars in Sri Lanka voiced their criticism of the country’s tourism campaign to promote a ‘Ramayana Trail’, aimed at Hindu pilgrims to visit sites in Sri Lanka associated with the Ramayana epic. The Ramayana is an Indian epic about the life of Rama and whose influence in traditional Southeast Asian art forms endure to today. Archaeologists and historians both question the authenticity of the sites on the “Ramayana Trail” and the melding of legend with fact.

Timely Masterpiece
photo credit: lensbug.chandru

‘Ramayana trail’ draws heavy flak
Asian Tribune, 20 November 2009
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