Angkor in environmental management audit

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The Angkor Archaeological Park and its custodians the Apsara Authority will undergo an audit to keep their environmental management certification, a task made challenging due to the rapid rate of development that has transformed Siem Reap into a booming tourist town over the past decade.
Angkor Wat
photo credit: NYC-MetroCard

Angkor Wat to face audit
Phnom Penh Post, 26 January 2011
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Gold artefacts from Indonesian museum stolen

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A case where 80 gold artefacts were stolen from a museum in Yogyakarta have been referred to Interpol, as it is believed that the artefacts have been smuggled out of the country and sold.

Gold artefacts stolen; Interpol assistance requested
Jakarta Post, 21 January 2011

Pencurian Koleksi Emas Sonobudoyo Gelap, 11 January 2011
(In Bahasa Indonesia)
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Public Lecture: Burmese Palaces and Sacred Sites

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For readers in Thailand, Silpakorn University will be hosting a special lecture/seminar next Sunday on sites in Burma. The event is limited to 100 guests, so please register early to avoid disappointment!

Burmese Palaces and Sacred Sites
Venue: Faculty of Decorative Art, Room 3104 (Basement), Silpakorn University (Tha Phra Campus)
Date: Sunday 30th January 2011, 9.00am – 4.00pm

Limited to 100 guests, to reserve a seat contact:
e-mail: Dr.Chedha Tingsanjali
Phone: Mr.Worapong Apinanthavej +66870097428

Back issues of Asian Perspectives available online

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Thanks to funding by the University of Hawai’i Press, articles from Asian Perspectives, one of the leading journals in Asian and the Pacific archaeology will be available online and ready for download at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Scholarspace. You will be able to search and download articles published from 1955 right up to 2008.

Asian Perspectives is the leading peer-reviewed archaeological journal devoted to the prehistory of Asia and the Pacific region. In addition to archaeology, it features articles and book reviews on ethnoarchaeology, palaeoanthropology, physical anthropology, and ethnography of interest and use to the prehistorian. International specialists contribute regional reports summarizing current research and fieldwork, and present topical reports of significant sites. Occasional special issues focus on single topics.

Read articles from Asian Perspectives here.

Do stone buildings equal to ‘advanced civilisation’?


I’m not quite sure what a news story is trying to say when, after looking at remains from the past, they declare that the ancient people had a higher level of civilisation than previously thought. This story seems to suggest that since the ancient (well, not that since it’s dated to about 14-17th C) people at Kota Batu new how to construct buildings with stones, they were an ‘advanced civilisation’. It’s probably an oversimplication of the idea that monumental architecture equals complex societies equals ‘civilisation’ – but I’d argue that the reverse is not true. The absence of monumental architecture may not necessarily mean that that a complex societal structure or ‘civilisation’ existed.

Kota Batu artefacts, Bru Direct 20110120

Kota Batu Archaeological Site Tells Of Brunei’s Advanced Civilisation
Bru Direct, 20 January 2011
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