Nang Sida – Angkoran ruins beside Wat Phu

Mark from the All Points East Travel blog writes about Nang Sida, a ruined temple just walking distance from the more famous, world-heritage listed Wat Phu in Laos.

Nang Sida ruins in Laos
Nang Sida ruins in Laos

Nang Sida would probably have been quite an impressive little temple in it’s day but is now in a rather sad state with the totally collapsed main tower now being impressive just for the sheer size of the pile of fallen sandstone blocks: it must have been a pretty tall tower when still standing! The eastern entrance porch, to what would have been the main shrine, is still relatively intact; there’s the remains of an outer enclosure wall and very long causeway but what saves the site for the casual visitor is probably the setting with the wooded hills behind forming a picturesque backdrop.

Check out the full post and more pictures here.

Looted Khmer statue shows up in Sotheby's auction

A Khmer statue, believed to be looted from Koh Ker, is in the centre of a tussle at a Sotheby’s auction. The Cambodian government is now working to recover it.

The looted statue's base in Koh Ker, New York Times 20120228
The looted statue's base in Koh Ker, New York Times 20120228

Mythic Warrior Is Held Captive in an International Art Conflict
The New York Times, 28 February 2012
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Call for Papers: Hukay The Journal for Archaeological Research in Asia and the Pacific

Hukay is the Journal for Archaeological Research in Asia and the Pacific. It accepts articles on the archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and heritage of the Asia and Pacific regions. Papers may be submitted throughout the year and are reviewed by three specialists from a pool of international scholars. Reviewers’ comments and suggestions are forwarded to the author(s), who should implement them in the final version of the paper.

Manuscripts may be submitted via email to Grace Barretto-Tesoro at mdbarretto@up.edu.ph or grabarr@cantab.net
for more information please visit the Hukay website http://www.upd.edu.ph/~asp/hukay

Donation appeal for the Kerdomnel Khmer Foundation for Cambodian Culture

I featured the Kerdomnel Khmer Foundation magazine website last week, and this message is from their founder Dr Chen Chanratana. Please help if you can!

KERDOMNEL KHMER FOUNDATION FOR CAMBODIAN CULTURE

KERDOMNEL KHMER GROUP (KDNK) just created a “Kerdomnel Khmer Foundation”, supported by H.E Khieu Kanharith, minister of Information of Cambodia, the honor president of this foundation, for collecting of all donations and contributions from both Cambodian and international community around the world, in order to we could start the projects for the activities of preservation and conservation of Cambodian culture and heritage.

Your contribution will helps us for many things to realize KDNK’s works for many year of project plan such as: documenting and reporting of old artists, musicians, researching for publishing in Kerdomnel Khmer Magazine, the first magazine of art and archaeology in Cambodia…etc.

For donate to KDNK Foundation and for more information, please contact to KDNK’s members.

In France:
Dr. CHEN Chanratana (Founder)
Tel: +33 6 18 02 86 12 / +855 98 64 55 55
E-mail: chanratana@kerdomnel-khmer.org

In Cambodia
Mr. NHEM Vibol (Vice-Director)
Tel: +855 12 68 82 19
E-mail: vibol99@yahoo.com

Ms. ROEUNG Kannytha (Vice-Director)
Tel: +855 16 616 316
E-mail: roeungkannytha@yahoo.com

Mr. HONG Hov (Technical)
Tel: +855 85 53 33 54
E-mail: honghov@yahoo.com

Mrs. ENG Leakhena (In charge of researching)
Tel: +855 16 81 44 04

Mrs. CHEN Chansuda (In charge of Arts and Performance)
Tel: +855 16 32 31 46

New gallery for Neolithic site in Penang

An archaeological gallery will be set up for the Guar Kepah site in Penang, a Neolithic shell midden site. It appears that the shell middens were also used as burial mounds.

Guar Kepah excavation, The Sun 20120227
Guar Kepah excavation, The Sun 20120227

New gallery to showcase 6,000-year-old culture
The Sun, 27 February 2012
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Vietnamese collector buys 19th century book made of gold

A Vietnamese collector shows off one his prized possessions – a 19th-century gold and silver book associated with King Thieu Tri (1841-47).

Collector Cao Xuan Truong with the gold book of King Thien Tri, VietnamNet 20120225
Collector Cao Xuan Truong with the gold book of King Thien Tri, VietnamNet 20120225

Gold-inlaid ancient book worth $100,000
VietnamNet, 25 February 2012

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Philippine National Museum to excavate two more balanghai boats

The Philippine National Museum announced that they will excavate two more balanghai (balangay) boats in Butuan City. 3 out of the original 9 found were first excavated in 1986 and the oldest dates to the 4th century.

Butuuan Boat at the National Museum of the Philippines
Butuuan Boat at the National Museum of the Philippines

National Museum to dig 2 more balanghai boats in Butuan
MindaNews, 25 February 2012

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Ancient bridge renovation comes under criticism

The planned enlargement of a 200-year-old bridge in Hue to help ease traffic congestion is criticised by restoration experts as not warranted.

The Kho Bridge in Hue, VietnamNet 20121224
The Kho Bridge in Hue, VietnamNet 20121224

Historians condemn Hue bridge renewal
VietnamNet, 24 February 2012

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Sarawak Museum to reacquire Niah Cave bones from US

The Sarawak Museum announced a plan to repatriate a set of bones from the Niah Cave that were placed in the custody of the University of Nevada, Los Vegas (the article writes Los Angeles?) in the 1960s.

Light Shining Through Niah Caves
Creative Commons License photo credit: amanderson2

Sarawak Museum hopes to bring back Niah Caves relics from US
Borneo Post, 24 February 2012
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