400-year-old church declared a cultural treasure in the Philippines

A 397-year-old church in Pampanga province, Philippines is declared a National Cultural Treasure.

397-year-old church to be named national cultural treasure
Philstar.com, 09 August 2011
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New study suggests H. floresiensis is a deformed human

Once again reviving the debate over the nature of the Flores hominid, a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences compares skull scans from various samples, including microcephalic humans and other hominids, and suggest that the H. floresiensis is a microcephalic human rather than a separate species.

Homo floresiensis skull, wikicommons

Taking the measure of a hobbit
Science News, 08 August 2011

‘Hobbit’ just a deformed human?
Nature, 08 August 2011

Craniometric ratios of microcephaly and LB1, Homo floresiensis, using MRI and endocasts
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 08 August 2011
doi:10.1073/pnas.1105585108
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Quarry site for the Ho Citadel discovered

Archaeologists working in north Vietnam have discovered the stone quarry most probably used to provide the construction material for the Ho Citadel, which was inscribed as a World Heritage Site earlier this year.

Ho Citadel, Thanh Hoa Province

Ho Dynasty Citadel quarry unearthed
Viet Nam News, 08 August 2011
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The Angono Petroglyphs

This travel piece from the Philippine Inquirer goes to Angono, in Rizal province, in search of the Angono Petroglyphs – one of the few known rock art sites in the Philippines.

The Angono Petroglyphs, Philippine Inquirer 20110807

In search of Angono’s art treasures
Philippine Inquirer, 07 August 2011
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Rare Nguyen Dynasty bronze seal found in Ha Tinh Province

Researchers from the Ha Tinh Province museum discover a bronze seal dating to the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) buried at a depth of 2 metres.

Bronze seal from Ha Tinh Province. Saigon Giai Phong, 20110804

Rare antique discovered in Ha Tinh Province
Saigon Giai Phong, 04 August 2011
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Public lecture: Alternative stories of Rama

Professor Romila Thapar is scheduled to give a talk at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore on the multiple versions of the Ramayana from the first millennium BCE. Registration required, details below.


Alternative Stories of Rama: Why Did They Emerge in the First Millennium BCE?

17 August 2011
7.00 – 8.30pm
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
Registration required, email nhb_acm_rpu@nhb.gov.sg by 15 August 2011
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EFEO Jakarta blog

Arlo Griffiths from the Jakarta branch of the École française d’Extrême-Orient emailed me with a link to the EFEO Jakarta blog which I’m happy to share here. Posts are in French and Indonesian, and deal with EFEO’s activities in the archaeology of Indonesia.

EFEO Jakarta blog (French)
EFEO Jakarta blog (Bahasa Indonesia)

Phuket museum beads not stolen after all

The Thaland National Museum in Phuket, Thailand responds to allegations that beads excavated in 2005 are missing – they were taken off the display stands for research.

Archaeologist confirms 2,000-year-old relics safe in Phuket
Phuket Gazette, 28 July 2011
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