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?
Not of the artifact-looting sort. A feature on the Stone Hunters Group, a group of heritage/history enthusiasts who spend their free time searching for and exploring ruins in Java.
Searching for relics amid the hills
Jakarta Post, 24 April 2012
Continue reading “Weekend tomb raiders”
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”
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”
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 Kyushu National Museum has inked a deal with Hoi An to exhibit some of the artifacts from the World Heritage Site.
Hoi An antiques to be displayed in Japan
Tuoi Tre News, 17 April 2012
Continue reading “Artifacts from Hoi An to be exhibited in Japan”
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”
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
Continue reading “Archaeological vessel caught between China-Philippine standoff”
Recently cleared of mines and with restoration work under way, Banteay Chmar may one day be an attraction as large as Angkor Wat. The news link also has a video in it.
2nd Angkor Wat to wake
CNTN, 13 April 2012
Continue reading “Banteay Chmar, Cambodia's next draw”
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”