7-year dynasty leaves a 700-year memory

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A feature on the short-lived reign of the Ho Dynasty (1400-1407), and their citadel in Thanh Hoa which enjoyed a short stint as the capital during their reign. The citadel, or rather what is left of it, has been submitted for consideration into the World Heritage List.

Holding the fort
Vietnam Net Bridge, 21 Mar 2010
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Hominins on Flores by one million years ago

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A paper by Brumm et al released online in Nature earlier this month reports the finds of stone tools in Wolo Sege, Flores dating to about a million years old. Some of the news media (see links below) are linking the find to the ‘hobbit’ found in the same island although there doesn’t seem to be a direct connection. The finds don’t seem all that surprising to me, since we already know that some hominins (Homo erectus) reached Java a million and a half years ago and another earlier find of stone tools dated 880,000 years was found just half a kilometre away, but it’ll be interesting to see if a link between these million-year-old hominins and the hobbit can be established.

Hominins on Flores, Indonesia, by one million years ago
Nature, 17 March 2010
doi:10.1038/nature08844

“Hobbits” Had Million-Year History on Island?
National Geographic, 17 March 2010

Tools found on ‘hobbit’ island
The Irish Times, 18 March 2010

‘Hobbits’ May Have Arrived in Flores Much Earlier Than Thought: Scientists
Jakarta Globe, 18 March 2010

‘Hobbit’ island’s deeper history

BBC News, 18 March 2010

Early humans colonized Indonesian island
ABC, via CBC News, 18 March 2010
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Religious authorities to have a say in Indonesia's ancient temple management

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The Indonesian department of religious affairs will have a say over the management of its ancient temples such as the Hindu Prambanan and Buddhist Borobudur, which is currently managed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. The change is the result of a call by local Hindu and Buddhist leaders to recognise these temples, tourist sites in a predominantly Muslim country, as sacred spaces still used for pilgrimage by their local communities.

Pram-2-sm
photo credit: hildo trazo


Religious Affairs Ministry to Help Manage Historic Temples

Jakarta Globe, 16 March 2010
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