All quiet til June

I’m off to do some fieldwork and will have little internet access for the next five weeks, so expect to hear little updates from this site until the middle of June. In the meantime, if you see any news related to the archaeology of Southeast Asia, why not share it on the Facebook page?

On that note, any readers in Bangkok, Vientiane and Luang Prabang interested in a meetup over coffee and/or beer?

Fire destroys library of Wat Phanan Choeng

The library of Wat Phanan Choeng in Ayutthaya, containing many old and rare books, has been completely destroyed by a fire that broke out yesterday afternoon. 🙁

Fire burns down ancient book library of Wat Phanancheong
The Nation, 24 April 2012
Continue reading “Fire destroys library of Wat Phanan Choeng”

Angkor sees increased visitors from South Korea and China this year

Siem Reap’s Tourism Authorities provide statistics from the first quarter of the year, showing an increase of tourists from South Korea and China.

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat attracted 639,800 tourists in Q1
The Sun, via Bernama, 21 April 2012
Continue reading “Angkor sees increased visitors from South Korea and China this year”

Photography exhibition showcases caves of Cagayan

A photography exhibition at the Cagayan Museum showcases photographic works with the archaeologically significant Cagayan Caves as the subject matter.

Cagayan Cave photo exhibit draws crowd
Philippine Information Agency, 20 April 2012
Continue reading “Photography exhibition showcases caves of Cagayan”

The Clarence wreck in Australia and its modern SEA connections

Earlier this year I posted a call by the Archaeology Unit from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies for The Australian Historic Shipwreck Protection Project. The Age has a story out about the underwater excavation and a mention about the Southeast Asian archaeologists working at the site.

Wreck reveals its bounty
The Age, 17 April 2012
Continue reading “The Clarence wreck in Australia and its modern SEA connections”

Archaeological vessel caught between China-Philippine standoff

The MY Sarangani, an archaeological survey vessel, was caught in a standoff between China and the Philippines over their disputed ownership of the Scarborough/Panatag Shoal earlier this week. The vessel was reportedly conducting salvage over a Chinese shipwreck.

PH files protest vs Chinese harassment of research boat in Scarborough Shoal
Philippine Inquirer, 16 April 2012

China urges Philippine archaeological vessel to leave Huangyan Island
People’s Daily Online, 17 April 2012

China wants PHL archaeological vessel out of Panatag Shoal
GMA Network, 17 April 2012

Dispute with China continues; Philippines stands firm
Business World Online, 17 April 2012

In Standoff, China Tells Philippines to Leave Scarborough Shoal
New America Media, 17 April 2012

Philippines ignores China demand to quit shoal
Philippine Inquirer, 19 April 2012

Philippine archaeological ship leaves troubled West Philippine Sea
Philippine Inquirer, 19 April 2012

PHL archaeological vessel leaves Panatag Shoal
GMA News
Continue reading “Archaeological vessel caught between China-Philippine standoff”

Koh Ker Warrior: A summary of events thus far

We’ve been following the story of the Koh Ker warrior auction here, this is just a summary story by AFP on the current controversy.

Cambodian statue sparks legal battle in US
AFP, via AsiaOne, 15 April 2012
Continue reading “Koh Ker Warrior: A summary of events thus far”