Exhibition centre mooted for Gua Bewah site

The Terengganu state government is considering building facilities to attract visitors to the Gua Bewah, a Neolithic site discovered near a man-made lake.

Terengganu To Built Facilities At Gua Bewah In Tasik Kenyir
Bernama, 25 September 2011
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Heavy rains force evacuation from Banteay Srei

More than 200 tourists had to be evacuated by helicopter from the Angkoran temple of Banteay Srei after flash floods cut off road access.

photo credit: fung.leo

Cambodia airlifts tourists from Angkor temple
AFP, via China Post, 23 September 2011
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Vietnamese mummies

Vietnam Net Bridge has a feature on mummified remains that have been discovered by archaeologists in recent times.

Coffin containing a mummified woman from Dong Nai province, Vietnam Net Bridge 20110922

Secrets of mummies in Vietnam
Vietnam Net Bridge, 22 September 2011
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Phnom Bakheng receives preservation grant

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

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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Singapore's new archaeology unit

A new archaeology unit has been set up in the National University of Singapore, under the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Archaeology in Singapore aims to break new ground
Straits Times, 19 September 2011 (subscription required)
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Archaeologists find small coffin burial in North Vietnam

Archaeologists in northern Vietnam discover a small coffin burial dated about 300 years old. The coffin is thought to be the smallest found in the country.

Discovery of a small coffin in Nam Dinh Province. Viet Nam News, 20110920

Tiny 300-year-old tomb found
Viet Nam News, 20 September 2011
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Dingoes arrived in Australia earlier than previously thought; through mainland Southeast Asia

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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Angkor to see 2.8 million visitors this year

A familiar story about the overcrowding of tourists at Angkor. This year, the archaeological park will expect to see 2.8 million visitors.

Angkor Wat at Sunrise
photo credit: UnorthodoxY

Cambodia: commercial overload at Angkor Wat
Global Post, 11 September 2011
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Researcher argues for Kedah as site of oldest Malaysian kingdom

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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