The 2012 tourism campaign for Ayutthaya will target and highlight the old diplomatic links the ancient Thai capital had with with other countries such as China, Portugal, the Netherlands and Iran.
In 1511 the Portuguese led by Alfonso de Albequerque captured the city of Malacca, signalling the fall of the Malacca Sultanate and the first foothold of Europeans into Southeast Asia. This feature from The Star of Malaysia commemorates the capture of Malacca 500 years ago.
500 years on [Link no longer active]
The Star, 27 November 2011
Authorities are cautiously draining some of the flooded monuments in Ayutthaya for fears that the waters have loosened the soil foundations of some of the structures.
Officials from the Lam Dong Provincial Museum report the discovery of a secret passage in a villa belonging to the last queen of Vietnam.
Hidden tunnel discovered in the last Queenâ€™s house
Tuoi Tre News, 25 November 2011
The Fine Arts Department in Thailand has their work cut out for them, as repairs and restoration to sites damaged from the flood will take up to two years to complete.
Applications are now open for the Asian Civilisations Museum Research Fellowship for 2012-2013. The research themes for the upcoming term are Peranakan material culture, Confucianism and Christianity in Asia (up to 1800).
For more information about the fellowship and how to apply, click here.
The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage was held earlier this month in Manila, and the proceedings are now online hosted by the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. You’ll find a number of papers related to underwater and maritime archaeology including one bit of research I was involved in on the rock art of Tham Phrayanaga or Viking Cave in Southern Thailand.
If you haven’t read Badass of the week (also in book form), Ben Thompson writes the humorously exaggerated achievements of military figures in history that are based on historical fact. Here, he writes about Tráº¥n HÆ°ng Äáº¡o, who in the 13th century successfully repelled the Mongol invasion of Vietnam, particularly in the rout at Bach Dang River.
A museum will be built to house an ancient ship found in the Punjulharjo village in central Java.
Tempo Interaktif.com, 18 November 2011
More stories from the aftermath of this year’s floods which have directly affected the world heritage site of Ayutthaya.
Ayutthaya picks up the pieces as floodwaters recede [Link no longer active]
Monsters and Critics, 10 November 2011
Ayutthaya, after the floods
Bangkok Post, 17 November 2011
Fears for ancient Thai temples as floods recede [Link no longer active]
AFP, 20 November 2011