How the sweet potato crossed the Pacific

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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

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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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Vietnam adds new items to banned export list

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of ancient items have been added to the Vietnamese list, prohibiting the exportation of archaeological artifacts and historical documents from the country that are not meant for research, preservation of exhibition use.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

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

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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