Hobbit on display at the University of Wollongong

A permanent exhibition on Homo floresiensis has opened in the University of Wollongong, showcasing the work of the university’s archaeologists on the remarkable find.

‘Hobbit’ star of the show
Illawara Mercury, 26 February 2013
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Myanmar Spitfire search called off

The search for buried Spitfire planes in Myanmar have been called off, with the search party concluding that the story of buried planes is a myth.

Supermarine Spitfire Merlin

Search for ‘buried Spitfires’ in Burma called off
BBC News, 16 Feb 2013

Spitfire search comes up empty
Bangkok Post, 16 Feb 2013
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Excavation in Myanmar to find remains of Ayutthayan king

An ancient stupa in Amanapura, slated for demolition, will be excavated to determine if it contains the remains of a Ayutthayan king.

Hunt on for lost Ayutthaya king
Bangkok Post, 14 February 2013
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Japanese archeologists claim unique bond with Vietnam’s history

A feature on N. Noriko and M. Nishimura, a pair of Japanese archaeologists who have been working in Vietnam for the last 12 years.

Japanese archeologists claim unique bond with Vietnam’s history
Saigon Giai Phong, 11 Feb 2013
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Homo floresiensis and palaeoanthropology

Human evolution specialist Darren Curnoe writes about the latest in the Homo florensiensis debate and what it may mean for paleoanthropology.

Homo floresiensis, The Conversation 20130211
Homo floresiensis, The Conversation 20130211

Saga of ‘the Hobbit’ highlights a science in crisis
The Conversation, 11 February 2013
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Chinese material culture in the Philippines

A review of Chinese finds in Philippines after the first millenium CE, indicating the long presence of Chinese, probably traders, in the country.

Philippine Daily Inquirer 20130208
Philippine Daily Inquirer 20130208

The search for early Chinese traders
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 08 February 2013
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Archaeological looting on the rise in Sri Lanka

Treasure hunting and the illegal looting of archaeological sites are becoming an increasing and worrying trend in Sri Lanka.

Archaeological Crimes in Sri Lanka 2012. The Sunday Times 20130210
Archaeological Crimes in Sri Lanka 2012. The Sunday Times 20130210

Archaeological sites islandwide plundered for priceless artefacts
The Sri Lanka Sunday Times, 10 February 2013
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Ta Prohm restoration works go on strike

There seems to be a workers dispute at Ta Prohm, where a team from the Archaeological Survey of India is working on a restoration project with the Apsara Authority.

Tomb Raider Tree at Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm restoration workers go on strike
Phnom Penh Post, 06 February 2013
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World Monuments Fund gets grant to restore Ayutthaya site

The World Monuments Fund announces a grant receipt that will got towards work at Wat Chaiwatthanaram in the World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya
Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya

World Monuments Fund Announces Major Grant from the U.S. Department of State for Work in Ayutthaya, Thailand
World Monuments Fund, 05 February 2013
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