Malaysian National Museum expects 800,000 visitors this year

The National Museum of Malaysia expects to receive 800,000 visitors this year, featuring three main exhibitions on masks of the world, Sabah and Sarawak, and poisonous snakes.

Muzium Negara expects more than 800,000 visitors for 2013
Bernama, 26 January 2013
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Mandalay Palace to be more tourist-friendly

Officials in Myanmar will soon seek tenders to help renovate the Mandalay Palace to make it more tourist-friendly.

Mandalay Palace, Eleven Myanmar 20130125
Mandalay Palace, Eleven Myanmar 20130125

Renovation of Mandalay Palace could begin soon, official says
Eleven Myanmar, 25 January 2013
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How the sweet potato crossed the Pacific

Another PNAS paper looks at how the sweet potato made its way from South America to Oceania prior to the arrival of the Europeans. Another interesting story of contact from the Southeast Asian periphery!

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How The Sweet Potato Crossed The Pacific Before Columbus
NPR, 23 January 2013

Historical collections reveal patterns of diffusion of sweet potato in Oceania obscured by modern plant movements and recombination
PNAS 22 January 2013
doi: 10.1073/pnas.1211049110
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Asians and Native Americans share common ancestry in China

Genetic study with possible implications for the origins of populations in Southeast Asia.

DNA shows ancestry of present-day Asians, Native Americans
Channel NewsAsia, via AFP, 23 January 2013

DNA analysis of an early modern human from Tianyuan Cave, China
PNAS January 22, 2013
doi: 10.1073/pnas.1221359110

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Recent underwater finds in Vietnam

A compilation of underwater archaeological finds found in the waters of Vietnam in recent years.

Finds from Binh Chau Province, Vietnam Net 20130117
Finds from Binh Chau Province, Vietnam Net 20130117

Deep-sea treasures of Vietnam
Vietnam Net, 18 January 2013
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Vietnam adds new items to banned export list

New categories of ancient items have been added to the Vietnamese list, prohibiting the exportation of archaeological artifacts and historical documents from the country that are not meant for research, preservation of exhibition use.

Nguyen Dynasty Wood Block, Saigon Giai Phong 20130117
Nguyen Dynasty Wood Block, Saigon Giai Phong 20130117

Nine categories of ancient items banned from leaving country
Saigon Giai Phong, 17 January 2013
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'Rakhaine' boat salvaged in Bangladesh

Archaeologists in Bangladesh have finished excavating a ship thought to belong to Rakhaine settlers who originated from Arakan in Myanmar.

Rakhaine Boat excavated in Bangladesh, The Daily Star 20130109
Rakhaine Boat excavated in Bangladesh, The Daily Star 20130109

Work starts to salvage historic boat
The Daily Star, 07 January 2013

Ancient ‘Rakhaine’ boat to be moved to safer place soon
The Daily Star, 09 January 2013
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Prehistoric remains found in north Vietnam

The prehistoric remains of a man dating 3,500 years were excavated last month in the northern province of Vinh Phuc.

Phung Nguyen culture tools
Phung Nguyen culture tools

3,500 year old human remains found in Vinh Phuc
Vietnam Net, 11 January 2013
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WMF announces completion of Angkor Wat bas-reliefs restoration

The World Monuments Fund announces the completion of the restoration project on the Churning of the Milk Sea bas-relief in Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat Churning of the Milk Sea
Angkor Wat Churning of the Milk Sea

WMF Celebrates the Completion of Work on Angkor Wat’s Famed Churning of the Sea of Milk Gallery
World Monuments Fund, 08 January 2013
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