Phnom Bakheng receives preservation grant

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Phnom Bakheng will be the beneficiary of a grant by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation to help with its conservation by the World Monuments Fund. Phnom Bakheng is one of the most heavily-visited sites in Angkor, on account of it being one of the favourite spots to catch the sunset from.

Sunset @ Bakheng Hill
photo credit: RightIndex

World Monuments Fund announces two major grants for sites in Tanzania and Cambodia
Artdaily.org, 22 September 2011
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Portuguese-era artefacts looted from Malacca river

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500-year-old Portuguese-era artefacts have been illegally recovered from the Malacca River in Malaysia and sold, reportedly to antique dealers in Singapore.

Coins recovered from the Malacca River, The Star 20110921

Ancient treasure found – and sold
The Star, 21 September 2011

Malacca to act on theft of ancient treasure
The Star, 22 September 2011
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Dingoes arrived in Australia earlier than previously thought; through mainland Southeast Asia

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A study published earlier this month in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B suggests an earlier arrival of the dingo to Australia, through a mainland Southeast Asia route instead of island Southeast Asia.

Om nom nom
photo credit: Tom Purves

Dingoes originated in China 18,000 years ago [Link no longer active]
Australian Geographic, 13 September 2011

Mitochondrial DNA data indicate an introduction through Mainland Southeast Asia for Australian dingoes and Polynesian domestic dogs
Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 07 September 2011
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Researcher argues for Kedah as site of oldest Malaysian kingdom

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An independent researcher is arguing for Malaysian history books to be changed to reflect the earliest civilisation in Malaysia originated in Kedah’s Bujang Valley, rather than the 15th century Malacca Sultanate. The monumental architecture in Bujang Valley, in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia, has been known for several decades now and current research by a team from Universiti Sains Malaysia have brought about new findings about the site. Of course, there are some political undertones to this argument as the primacy of the Malacca Sultanate has a function in the historical narrative of the state.

Cities of Gold
photo credit: plassen

Kedah, not Malacca, the oldest kingdom [Link no longer active]
Free Malaysia Today, 10 September 2011
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