Government pledges $82 million for site preservation

The Vietnamese government has pledged US$82 million to help preserve the Con Son – Kiep Bac historical site in Hai Duong province.

Gov’t puts $82 mil towards preserving historical site
Saigon Giai Phong, 23 June 2010
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Influential Myanmar anthropologist passes away

The Irrawady has an article on the recent passing of Dr. Nai Pan Hla, a cultural anthropologist who specialised in the Mon language and culture.

Mon Cultural Anthropologist Passes Away
The Irrawady, 21 June 2010
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Prehistoric tools found at reservoir site

Prehistoric tools, estimated to the Neolithic or Bronze Age, have been discovered near the Son La Reservoir at Lai Chau Province in Vietnam.

4000-year-old antiques unearthed on riverbank
Vietnam Net Bridge, 19 June 2010
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SOS for Krabi

Liz Price alerted me to this website raising awareness of an illegal quarry in Krabi, Thailand. The limestone hills of Thailand contain several important prehistoric sites, including rock art and the Lang Longrien shelter but many of these hills have yet to be explored.

The attention of “sosKrabi” is focused today on a quarry which has been recently open without “legal” authorization. This new quarry destroyed one of the prettiest assembly lines which characterize the area. These moutains shelter still unexplored prehistoric caves in which are important prehistoric vestiges, more than 40.000 years for some…!

Capped by rare remainders of primary forests hitherto saved, these mountains are in the hands of Bangkok rich companies who grant illegally the rights to reduce them in several aggregates (stones, materials for cement, constructions, etc).

Last bastions for the wildlife, they are seriously threatened, by cupidities of men without scruples whose scandalous actions are carried out discreetly and most if the inhabitants are not informed by the reality woven in these landscapes which are stupidly destroyed.

To find out more and how you can lend your support, visit SOS for Krabi.

Fossil finds reveal range of pleistocene wildlife

Over 500 fossils have been found at the Ma Tuyen Cave in Lao Cai province of Vietnam, representing at least 12 animal species including bears, elephants, horses and rhinos.

10,000 year old elephant teeth discovered in Lao Cai
Saigon Giai Phong, 12 June 2010

Twelve animal species found in Lao Cai cave
Viet Nam News, 17 June 2010
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Perak seeks WHS listing for Lenggong Valley

The Malaysian state of Perak has announced its intent to get the Lenggong Valley on the map as a World Heritage Site. Many archaeological discoveries have been discovered in this region, from prehistoric tools, skeletal burials and rock art, which hint that the valley may have been inhabited as far back as 1.8 million years.

Perak Wants Recognition For Lenggong Valley As Heritage Site
Bernama, 09 June 2010
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