Museum holds exhibition for city's 750th anniversary

The Nam Dinh Province Museum is holding an exhibition in conjunction with the city’s 750th anniversary.

Display at the Nam Dinh Museum, Vietnam Net Bridge 20120117
Display at the Nam Dinh Museum, Vietnam Net Bridge 20120117

Exhibition explores Nam Dinh’s history
Vietnam Net Bridge, 17 January 2012
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Singapore coverage of the NSC Field School

The Straits Times’ coverage of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre Field School. I’ve been hanging out with the participants this past week and today we are on a field trip to some of the local museums. Posts on that in a few days!

Field-school programme participants picking up ancient pottery fragments in Kou Pnouv, Straits Times 20120130
Field-school programme participants picking up ancient pottery fragments in Kou Pnouv, Straits Times 20120130

New programme brings SE Asia’s young archaeologists together
The Straits Times, 30 January 2012
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Revisiting the Jewel of Muscat

Remember this?

Yes, it’s the Jewel of Muscat! It is a reconstruction of the Belitung shipwreck built by the Sultanate of Oman and then sailed to Singapore as a gift. I was aboard her when she called at Georgetown in 2010; now it is on permanent display at the Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium (MEMA) in Sentosa.
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Historian justifies claim over mythical figures

In an interview with the New Straits Times, Professor Khoo Kay Kim explains the reasons why he thinks figures such as Hang Tuah and Hang Li Po identified in the Malay Annals were probably mythical.

Prof Khoo Kay Kim, New Straits Times 20120129
Prof Khoo Kay Kim, New Straits Times 20120129

Don’t ignore real heroes of history
New Straits Times, 29 April 2012
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Sapa's petroglyphs risk getting erased

The picture says it all. The engraved boulders of Sapa are slowly being eroded – naturally from the environment, but at an accelerated rate from tourists clambering onto the rocks. I visited the site two years ago and many of the engravings on the larger boulders which were accessible to tourists were already faint due to smoothening of the rock surface or vandalised.

Tourists climbing the engraved rocks at Sapa, Vietnam Net Bridge 20120129
Tourists climbing the engraved rocks at Sapa, Vietnam Net Bridge 20120129

Distress cry for help from Sapa ancient rock field
Vietnam Net Bridge, 29 January 2012
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Perak confident of World Heritage listing for Lenggong Valley

The state government of Perak in Malaysia expressed confidence that the Lenggong Valley, home to a number of prehistoric sites, will be listed as a World Heritage site.

Lenggong Archaeological Museum
Lenggong Archaeological Museum

Perak Confident Lenggong Valley Will Be Listed As World Heritage Site
Bernama, 24 January 2012
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Cambodia's tourism fuelling education boom

An interesting story on how the development of Siem Reap for tourists is also having a secondary effect in fuelling a desire by local Cambodians for higher education. For many, better education and qualifications means access to better-paying jobs, although the quality of such education is a concern.

Near Cambodia’s Temple Ruins, a Devotion to Learning
New York Times, 24 January 2012
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Tang shipwreck treasures at the Asian Civilisations Museum

I briefly mentioned this at my last post about the Belitung Shipwreck – The Tang Treasures are now on display at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore until July.

Asian Civilisations Museum, cc image
Asian Civilisations Museum, cc image

ACM showcases Tang Dynasty artefacts from 8th century shipwreck
Channel NewsAsia, 23 January 2012
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