Tight budgets make restoration work tough in Vietnam

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.

Restorations at Va Temple in Hanoi, Vietnam Net 20121029
Restorations at Va Temple in Hanoi, Vietnam Net 20121029

Destroying legacy for restoration!
Vietnam Net, 29 October 2012
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Bali temple excavation runs out of funds

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
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Betel and Areca Culture exhibition review

Another feature on the betel and areca exhibition that has just opened in the National History Museum in Hanoi.

Lime pot from the 13-14th century. Viet Nam News, 20121026
Lime pot from the 13-14th century. Viet Nam News, 20121026

As red as human blood [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 26 October 2012
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Buildings in Hue to be restored

The site of a royal palace and a school in the Imperial city of Hue have been approved for restoration and preservation.

The Ta Tra building of Dien Tho Palace in Hue. Nhan Dan, 20121025
The Ta Tra building of Dien Tho Palace in Hue. Nhan Dan, 20121025

Hue to restore royal palace, school to former glory
Nhan Dan, 26 October 2012
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Kyushu Museum to host Vietnam exhibition in 2013

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Japan to display Vietnamese treasures [Link no longer active]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
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Exhibitions showcases areca nut and betel leaf chewing in Vietnam

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.

Betel Chewing set at the Vietnam National History Museum, Vietnam Net 20121025
Betel Chewing set at the Vietnam National History Museum, Vietnam Net 20121025

Artifacts of the betel and areca culture
Vietnam Net, 25 October 2012
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Banned from calling Homo Floresiensis the 'Hobbit'

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’.

Hobbit makers ban uni from using ‘hobbit
3News, 24 October 2012
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Cambodia and Sotheby's clash over Koh Ker statues

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
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Canal highway for construction material found in Angkor

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
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