Philippines' treasures under threat

An article highlighting the woes of maintaining Philippines’ cultural collections in the midst of competing economic pressures, poor infrastructure and looting.

National Museum
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Chaos threatens Philippines’ cultural treasures
AFP, via Philippine Inquirer, 14 July 2011
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Tourist limits on Angkor are 'long overdue'

I’ve featured a number of number of similar stories like this on the increasing numbers of tourists visiting Angkor. It’s interesting to note that five years ago, the annual number of visitors was like 600,000. This year’s count is expected to be 2.5 million.

Cambodia’s ancient wonders suffer modern ills
AP, via Forbes.com, 12 July 2011
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Suu Kyi criticises restoration of Myanmar temples

Myanmar’s most famous political figure Aung San Suu Kyi was recently quoted decrying the poor restoration of the ancient temples of at Bagan, where conservation efforts by the government are seen to be not up to international standards and catered towards attracting the tourist dollar rather than inherent heritage value.

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Suu Kyi criticizes restoration of Burma temples
AP, via Asian Correspondent, 12 July 2011
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Jewel of Muscat to get a permanent home by the end of the year

A year on after the Jewel of Muscat completed its voyage from Oman to Singapore, the reconstruction of a 9th century ship will finally be placed in a permanent home in the Maritime Xperiential Museum which will open in Singapore by the year’s end. (If you haven’t seen it already, last year I boarded the Jewel while it was docked in Georgetown, Penang – take a look here.)

Jewel of Muscat to get new home in Singapore
Oman Tribune, 10 July 2011
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New excavations put Sa Huynh cultural finds further inland

New excavations in the mountainous areas of Central Vietnam’s Quang Ngai Province indicate that the prehistoric Sa Huynh culture was not limited to the coastal regions and plains.

3,000-year-old artefacts unearthed
Viet Nam News, 06 July 2011
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Sa Huynh earring found in South Central Vietnam

A Sa Huynh period earring was discovered in an excavation in Binh Thuan Province. The article says that the earring is made of glass, but from the pictures it looks like nephrite to me.

Ancient earring unearthed in Binh Thuan
Viet Nam News, 02 July 2011
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Baphuon recontruction completed

Reconstruction work at the Baphuon, an 11th-century pyramidial temple in Angkor Thom have finally been completed, after 50 years of work. The temple was reopened in a ceremony earlier this month.

Baphuon reconstruction
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Cambodia completes Angkor temple renovation ‘puzzle’
BBC, 03 July 2011

Fabled Cambodian ‘puzzle’ temple reopens to public
AFP, via The Straits Times, 03 July 2011

Cambodian ‘puzzle’ temple reopens after 50 years
Bangkok Post, 03 July 2011

Solved puzzle reveals fabled Cambodian temple
AFP, via The Independent, 03 July 2011
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The Ho Citadel – Vietnam's newest World Heritage Site

A feature on the Ho Citadel, which was inscribed as a world heritage site this year.

 

Ho Citadel

Ho Citadel – Vietnam’s unique rock work
Vietnam Net Bridge, 30 June 2011
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New edition of BIPPA out

The latest Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistoric Association (BIPPA) has just been released online, featuring a number of papers that were presenting in Hanoi in 2009.

Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association
Vol 30, 2010

Description from the website:
The Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association is an international, peer-reviewed, open access online journal. Its purpose is to disseminate rapid communications and field reports on the archaeology of East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.