Great Wall of Vietnam recognised as national heritage site

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The Great Wall of Vietnam, or Truong Luy Architectural Relic which is 200km long and runs through the provinces of Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai has been officially recognised as a national heritage site by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Truong Luy Architectural Relic, 20110510 Vietnam Net Bridge

Historic sites recognised
Vietnam Net Bridge, 10 May 2011
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1st call for papers: the 14th EurASEAA in Dublin, 2012


18-21 September 2012

We are pleased to announce the 14th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA) to be held in Dublin in 2012, organised and hosted by University College Dublin School of Archaeology.

The conference brings together archaeologists, art historians and philologists who share a common interest in Southeast Asia’s past from prehistoric to historic periods. Its aim is to facilitate communication between different disciplines, to present current work in the field, and to stimulate future research.

We invite sessions and papers on any topic or theme related to the interests of EurASEAA. As 2012 is also the year that Dublin is European City of Science, the organisers have proposed one special theme on ‘Science, Archaeology and Heritage in Southeast Asia’, for which we also welcome proposals.

Linkdump, 30 April – 22 May

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Here’s a roundup of archaeology news from Southeast Asia from 30 April to the present:


  • Indonesia’s planned Majapahit park is set to be ready by 2014.
  • 18th century Dayak carved skulls have been returned to Indonesia by US in a repatriation ceremony.


  • Repair works at the historic church of St George in Penang have been completed.
  • The shipwreck of British a vessel that was sunk in the waters of Borneo was found by a pair of maritime archaeologists.
  • The Malacca Museum intends to make a replica of a portuguese cannon now residing in the Jakarta History Museum, which was carried away by the Dutch after the fall of Malacca.
  • Malaysia receives general support for its bid to sit in World Heritage Committee.
  • The Malacca state government announces its intention to salvage dozens of shipwrecks in its waters.
  • The New Straits Times has a showcase on the archaeology of the Lenggong Valley in Perak.



  • The artefacts from the Belitung Shipwreck, which is currently exhibiting at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore, is facing a controversy over its next destination, the Smithsonian over ethics issues.



  • Some royal antiquities from the Nguyen Dynasty were recently exhibited at the Ta Vu House.
  • Two ancient trees are recognised as part of Vietnam’s national heritage.

Learning about Southeast Asian Rock Art


This week and next, I’m at the Training/Workshop on Rock Art Studies in Southeast Asia hosted by SEAMEO-SPAFA (the regional centre for archaeology and fine arts). This gathering sees almost 30 participants coming from almost every part of Southeast Asia to share about the rock art of Southeast Asia, and learn new theories and methodologies for rock art recording and research. As such, you might not hear updates from me for these few weeks till I get back to my normal office routine.

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