Hobbit travels to the land of the rising sun

An exhibition on the Flores hominid is on show at Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science.

UOW hobbit makes it big in Japan
Illawara Mercury, 27 April 2010
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North Korea proposes e-museum for Angkor

A North Korean company is proposing to build an e-museum near Angkor, featuring computer simulations of the famed temples.

Contre-jour reflet Angkor
photo credit: Aglae0

‘e-museum’ of Angkor temples
The Straits Times, 26 April 2010
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Among the oldest inhabitants of Malaysia

The New Straits Times has a feature on the Orang Batek, one of the Orang Asli, or Malaysian aborigines belonging to the Negrito subdivision. Recent genetic studies indicate that the negritos could have inhabited the Malayan Peninsula as early as 60,000 years ago.

Simple life of the Negritos
New Straits Times, 21 April 2010
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Public Lecture: The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia

Prof. Charles Higham will be presenting a lecture this Thursday at ANU on the Bronze Age of Southeast Asia. Don’t miss it if you’re in Canberra!

The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia: Timing and impact
Venue: Manning Clark Theatre 1, Manning Clark Centre, Union Court, ANU
Date: Thursday, 29 April 2010
Time: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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Researchers claim Melaka sultanate began earlier

A research team commissioned by the state of Melaka (Malacca) is proposing to push the founding date of the Melaka Sultanate from 1402 to 1298. The change of date is based on an alternate version of the Malay Annals, and it’ll be interesting to see what evidence is presented for the proposed change. From what I understand, the Malay Annals aren’t historically accurate – the earlier chapters explaining the founding of Melaka by Parameswara, a prince from Palembang reads more like a mythological account rather than actual fact. Also, the annals themselves were only commissioned in the early 17th century.

Melaka Malay Sultanate Begins In 1278, Claims Research Team
Bernama, 17 April 2010
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A spectacular dog burial from Ban Non Wat

Alison shares this spectacular 2000-year-old dog burial excavated in Ban Non Wat earlier in the year. “Sampson” was uncovered by a team from James Cook University and goes to show that dogs have been man’s best friend for a long time coming! Alison also posts her observations on the dog burial here.

Lovely Bones
JCNN, April 2010

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