Archaeologists discover temple complex in South Sumatra

Archaeologists in Indonesia discover a temple complex site in Southern Sumatra that may date to the Majapahit or Srivijaya period.

Archaeologists temple complex site in Pagaralam
Antara, via Kompas, 29 Aug 2012 (in Indonesian)
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Chinese archaeologists rushing to save salt pans in Hainan

Chinese archaeologists are trying to save two Tang Dynasty salt pans in Hainan Island.

Chinese island rushes to save 1,000-year-old salt pans
Xinhua, via Shanghai Daily, 27 Aug 2012
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Bunker excavation in Indonesia runs out of money

An excavation of a bunker in Surakarta is halted for lack of funds. The bunker is thought to be from the Dutch period, although there is a possibility it might be Japanese.

Excavation of a Dutch bunker in Surakarta, Jakarta Post 20120827
Excavation of a Dutch bunker in Surakarta, Jakarta Post 20120827

Surakarta halts excavation of bunker due to lack of funding
Jakarta Post, 27 August 2012
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Myanmar mulling motorcycle ban on U Bein Bridge

Authorities in Myanmar are mulling a motorcycle ban over the landmark U Bein Bridge, in the former capital of Amarapura just outside of Mandalay.

U Bein Bridge, Mandalay
U Bein Bridge, Mandalay

Motorcycle ban on historic teak bridge
Myanmar Times, 27 August – 2 September 2012
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Public lecture: Same Same but Different – The Rock Art of Southeast Asia

If you’re in Singapore and are free on Friday afternoon, you can catch my talk at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies on the rock art of Southeast Asia:

Rock painting of a 'catfish' in Poeung Komnou, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Rock painting of a ‘catfish’ in Poeung Komnou, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Same Same, but Different: The Rock Art of Southeast Asia
Date: 31 August 2012
Time: 3.30-5.00pm
Venue: ISEAS Seminar Room II, Singapore
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Cat Tien Archaeological Site attracts tourists, but needs infrastructure

An archaeological site in central Vietnam struggles with the lack of infrastructure to host visiting tourists.

Cat Tien Archaeological Site, Vietnam Net Bridge, 20120826
Cat Tien Archaeological Site, Vietnam Net Bridge, 20120826

Cat Tien relic attracts thousands of tourists
Vietnam Net Bridge, 23 Aug 2012
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Sa Pa's engraved rock field endangered by dam construction

Proposed dam constructions threaten to damage some of the rock art of the Sa Pa Engraved Rock Field in north Vietnam.

Sa Pa Engraved Rock Art Site

Hydro projects threaten Sapa tourism site
Tuoi Tre News, 23 Aug 2012
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Linkdump August 2012

Back from my last round of fieldwork – this should be my last linkdump for the year! Some of the biggest stories from the last couple of weeks is the discovery of the oldest anatomically modern human skull to be found in Southeast Asia. The discovery was made in Laos, in Tham Pa Ling.


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