Volcanic ashfall covers parts of Borobudur

Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mt Merapi earlier this week has coated Borobudur in white; the authorities have closed parts of the Buddhist monument for about a week to sweep away the acidic ash.

Volcanic Ash a Threat to Borobudur
Jakarta Globe, 29 October 2010
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University of Guam Archaeological Field School in Cebu, Philippines

Tired of your everyday routines at work? Looking for some archaeological experience? Got 5-6 weeks to spare next summer? The University of Guam, in collaboration with the University of the Philippines and University of San Carlos Kabilin Heritage Studies Center is conducting a field school in Cebu next year.

University of Guam Archaeological Field School in Cebu, Philippines
AN492: Archaeological Field Techniques
Summer 2011
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Sangiran centre set to be biggest in Asia

The Sangiran Center for the Study of Prehistoric Humans is getting ready to be the largest of its kind in Asia following the upgrading of its facilities.

Sangiran to be Asia’s Biggest Center for the Study of Prehistoric Humans
Tempo Interaktif, 18 October 2010
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Field Hack: Using your iPhone as a microscope

Here’s a handy tool for the field – using your camera phone as a microscope. This video shows you how you can use a cheap ‘toy’ microscope and attach it to an iPhone case and get image magnifications of 20-45X. Of course, there shouldn’t be a reason why you wouldn’t be able to adapt the idea on any other camera phone. I could personally use it for looking at rock art pigments in situ.

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Global Heritage Fund warns of critical threats to Angkor

Rapid development, increased tourism numbers and the lack of local-owned business are some of the critical threats to Angkor and Siem Reap, says a recent report by the Global Heritage Fund.

Angkor Wat under threat
Phnom Penh Post, 17 October 2010

Saving our Vanishing Heritage
Global Heritage Fund
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The human cost of the Preah Vihear conflict

When a site is awarded World Heritage status, it usually means a jump in tourism visits and revenue. Not so with Preah Vihear, where the conflict over the surrounding area between Thailand and Cambodia have caused much economic hardship to the residents of the area.

Strained relations over ancient ruins wrecking lives
Bangkok Post, 14 October 2010
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Tracing man's migration to East Asia

Research from China analysing the mDNA of East Asians suggests more evidence that early man migrated to China using the “Southern Route” from Arabia, India and Southeast Asia rather than from a northern Central Asian route. [Update: Link has been fixed]

Chinese scientists reveal ancient man’s route to East Asia
People’s Daily, 12 October 2010
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Treasures from 200-year-old kingdom on display

For the first time in 50 years, the Vietnam Historical Museum will put on display a set of treasures from the Nguyen Dynasty (1804-1945), the last ruling dynasty of the country.

Nguyen Kingdom’s treasures on display
Thanh Nien News, 8 October 2010
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