Call for Papers: CUHK Anthropology Postgraduate Forum

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Deadline for the paper proposals in October 1.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
4th Annual Postgraduate Student Forum
Asian Anthropology: Materiality, Movement, and Change
9 – 10 December 2011

The Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, invites graduate students in Asia and elsewhere to present their current research at the 4th Annual Postgraduate Student Forum. The theme for this year’s conference is, “Asian Anthropology: Materiality, Movement, and Change.”

Hong Kong is a global city, a major node for trade, investment, and the exchange of ideas. The Postgraduate Student Forum seeks to encourage communication among young anthropologists in and of the Asian region, to help improve their research and to make the excellent research being conducted in Asia better known internationally.

Full details here.

Excavation of Spanish-period stone houses ends


The excavation of Spanish-period stone houses in the Batangas province of Philippines concluded this year, and an exhibition will be displayed at the University of the Philippines-Diliman next month. You can read the San Juan Archaeological Project blog here.

Stone ruins in San Juan, Batangas, Philippine Inquirer 20110821

Spanish-era stone houses see the light of day once more
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 21 August 2011
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Opposition to listing of Thai temple for World Heritage status

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Locals living near a proposed world heritage site in Thailand mount opposition to the listing, fearing changes to their way of life. Also interesting is that preparations to list the temple as a world heritage site is underway – perhaps indications that Thailand will not withdraw from the convention after all?

Locals fight Heritage push for Phra Pathom Chedi
The Nation, 22 August 2011
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Prehistoric footprint found in Thailand?

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A possible prehistoric footprint found in Thailand’s Phitsanulok province? I’m not sure how this depression might be dated though, if it is at all possible. (Thanks to Andreas Hörstemeier for the link.)

Possible prehistoric footprint in Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park in Thailand, Bangkok Post 20110816

Ancient footprint found in rock
Bangkok Post, 16 August 2011
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Thailand to review WHC pullout

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The new Thai government will review the earlier decision to pull out of the World Heritage Committee after a dispute over Preah Vihear. The move kinda confirms my suspicions that the pullout was more of a political gambit related to the recent elections – but we’ll have to wait and see: the review may still recommend that Thailand formally pulls out of the convention.

Govt reviews Heritage pullout
Bangkok Post, 17 August 2011
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Conference: Remote Access to World Heritage Sites

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With virtual tours and 3D scanning becoming more and more viable, the idea of turning these technologies for remote access becomes increasingly compelling. Certainly for World Heritage Sites in danger and/or dispute, virtual tours may be one way for visitors to enjoy sites without leaving a physical mark – Borobudur, Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear come to mind. It might also be a way for archaeologists to study sites remotely, too.

“I Know Where I’m Going” – Remote Access to World Heritage Sites from St Kilda to Uluru, a Conference
23-24 November 2011
Edinburgh, UK
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Malaysia hopes for World Heritage status for Niah Caves

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The Niah Caves in Sarawak, where one of the oldest anatomically modern human remains in Southeast Asia was found (approx 40,000 years old), has been put up by the Malaysian government for nomination as a World Heritage site.

Light Shining Through Niah Caves
photo credit: amanderson2

Hope for naming of Niah Caves as World Heritage Site
The Star, 11 August 2011

Will Niah caves achieve Unesco world heritage site?
Borneo Post, 11 August 2011
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