Tight budgets make restoration work tough in Vietnam

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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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Exhibitions showcases areca nut and betel leaf chewing in Vietnam

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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'

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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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Canal highway for construction material found in Angkor

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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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