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 National Museum of the Philippines will undergo a major renovation starting from this year.
- 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.
- Thailand asks the World Heritage Committee to delay the implementation of the management plan for the controversial Preah Vihear temple.
- 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.