As part of the millenial celebration in Hanoi, the archaeological site at the Thang Long Citadel (the 18 Hoang Dieu archaeological site) will be open to public in October.
Ancient city opens doors for millennial celebration
Thanh Nien News, 20 August 2010
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Speaking after their recent presentations on Bujang Valley in Kuala Lumpur in July, some Indian scholars note the important role that Bujang Valley in Kedah, Malaysia, played in the spread of Buddhism, Hinduism and the Pallava Grantha script in the region.
Remnants of a relationship
The Hindu, 19 August 2010
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Last year, independent researcher Kent Davis made the news with his theory that Angkor temples were a monument to women and to this end was hoping to analyse and quantify the traits of every apsara/devata image (over 1,700 in all). The Phnom Penh Post recently carried an update on Davis and his work and features, quite prominently, the discussion that on this website about Davis’ work (which you can read here).
What didn’t really come through in the PPP article was theÂ paper on the facial pattern recognition study presented at the International Conference on Pattern Recognition in Istanbul, Turkey (it was buried somewhere in the middle of the article). The Cambodian Daily has a better-written paper on the article which you can read on Davis’ site, along with a download link to the facial recognition paper. The work is still very much in a preliminary stage, but quite promising and may potentially find correlations between types of faces with ethnicities or locations within the temple complex. It will be interesting to see what kinds of patterns emerge from a deeper analysis of the quantified attributes of the apsara/devata carvings emerge.
Sleuth researches enigmatic Angkor girls
Phnom Penh Post, 20 August 2010
The many faces of Angkor Wat
The Cambodian Daily, via www.devata.org, August 2010
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It is done!
Now, onto phd applications…
Readers in Canberra may be interested in the new exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Life, Death and Magic: 2000 Years of Southeast Asian Ancestral Art.
Indonesia Ancestral Art Exhibition in Australia
Tempo Interaktif, 18 August 2010
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Unesco in Phnom Penh is hiring! Cambodian nationals fluent in English and Khmer with a degree in archaeology are some of the key requirements. The full listing is on the Phnom Penh Post and the deadline is on 31 August 2010.
Recently-concluded excavations in Vietnam’s Dien Bien province promises to shed light on the development of prehistoric settlements in this region.
Unearthed artefacts handed to museum
Viet Nam News, 17 August 2010
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Gold artefacts dating from the 8th and 9th centuries have been stolen from a museum in Yogyakarta in Java.
Thieves clean up gold collection
Jakarta Post, 14 August 2010
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Five brick tombs said to be Islamic and dating to the 15th century have been found in Kudus in Java.
Antique Tombs Found
Tempo Interaktif, 13 August 2010
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An exhibition in Ha Long aims to showcase a long history of connection between the World Heritage Sites of Ha Long Bay and the Thang Long Citadel.
photo credit: daveyll
Exhibition links Thang Long, Ha Long together
VOV News, 13 August 2010
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