This feature from Vietnam Net highlights various heritage properties in the countries that have been improperly ‘restored’, sometimes using inauthentic materials, sometimes demolished and rebuilt from scratch.
Excavation on what may be the largest ancient Hindu temple structure in Bali that was reported recently has halted because the Dempasar Archaeology Agency has run out of funds.
Excavation of 600-year-old artifacts halted due to financial woes
Jakarta Post, 29 October 2012
Another feature on the betel and areca exhibition that has just opened in the National History Museum in Hanoi.
As red as human blood [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 26 October 2012
The site of a royal palace and a school in the Imperial city of Hue have been approved for restoration and preservation.
Hue to restore royal palace, school to former glory
Nhan Dan, 26 October 2012
A showcase of Vietnamese artefacts spanning 2,000 years of history will be on display next year at the Kyushu National Museum in Japan.
Japan to display Vietnamese treasures [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 25 October 2012
Archaeologists in Bali report the discovery of the remains of the largest Hindu temple, dating to the 13-15th centuries.
Bali’s ‘largest’ ancient Hindu temple discovered
AFP via The Star, 25 October 2012
A new exhibition at the Vietnam National History in Vietnam showcases the artefacts associated with betel chewing in the country. The practice of chewing areca nut with betel leaves is widespread in Southeast Asia.
We’ve been referring to the Homo floresiensis as the ‘Hobbit’ since its discovery, but now it seems that the estate of J. R. R. Tolkien is legally blocking the use of the term – by preventing a public lecture in New Zealand from using the word ‘Hobbit’.
3News, 24 October 2012
Regular readers would be familiar with the ongoing case between Sotheby’s and the Cambodia on the sale of statues from Koh Ker. This NPR is a timely update of recent events.
Cambodia Vs. Sotheby’s In A Battle Over Antiquities
NPR, 23 October 2012
Archaeologists have discovered a possible canal which links the Kulen mountains to Angkor, thus providing a ‘highway’ from which to transport the sandstone that was used to construct the temples.
Building blocks of Angkor Wat were shipped in by canal
New Scientist, 20 October 2012
Quarries and transportation routes of Angkor monument sandstone blocks
Journal of Archaeological Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2012.09.036