Call for sessions and Papers: 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage, May 12-16 2014

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The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and University of Hawaii welcome you to the Second Asia-Pacific regional conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage
– Date: 12-16 May 2014
– Location: Honolulu Hawaii
– Host organisations: National Marine Sanctuary Foundation; University of Hawaii Marine Option Program

This conference aims to:
– address management and protection strategies of underwater cultural heritage in Asia and the countries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans in the 21st Century
– facilitate regional cooperation through the development of academic and governmental networks in the Asia-Pacific region
– provide a forum for discussion of technical and ethical issues related to underwater cultural heritage and underwater archaeology
A wide range of people involved with underwater cultural heritage are encouraged to attend including those from universities, government agencies, museums, NGOs, IGOs, the private sector and the community. This conference follows the Inaugural Asian Academy for Heritage Management Asia-Pacific Regional Conference hosted by the National Museum of the Philippines, November 2011.

Key dates:
Theme and Session Submission Deadline: July 30, 2013
– Theme and session organizers shall submit theme or session descriptions via email to the APCONF session committee (Athiyaman Natarajan: for consideration.
Paper Abstract Submission Deadline: August 30, 2013
Paper Submission Deadline: October 30, 2013

Please access to the Conference Web-site for further details, including Call for Papers/Sessions, Author’s Guidelines, etc:

Dr. Hans Van Tilburg
on behalf of the APCONF 2014 Organizing Committee

New book on Malaysian Caves

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Longtime reader of this blog Liz Price has a new book out on Malaysian caves – a pretty comprehensive bibliography on everything that’s been published about caves in Malaysia – including plenty of archaeology. A good reference to have!

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A4 , 246 pp, soft cover, published May 2013.
ISBN 978-967-11839-0-8

This bibliography covers the whole of Malaysia, i.e. Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak, and contains about 4800 references to Malaysian caves and karst, dating from the 1700s to 2012. In addition there is an extensive newspaper biblio covering 1953 – 2012. Other pages provide an introduction to Malaysian caves and history, and there is a map and glossary. It is an invaluable reference work for anyone interested in limestone caves and karst, archaeology, conservation, flora and fauna, geomorphology, geology, hydrology, history etc, as well as for the sporting caver who wants to learn more about Malaysian caves.

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Public Lecture: Settlement Archaeology of Late 14th to 17th Century in West Sumatra

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Another upcoming lecture at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies by Dr Mai Lin Tjoa-Bonatz, on the archaeology of West Sumatra.

Settlement Archaeology of Late 14th to 17th Century in West Sumatra
Dr. Mai Lin Tjoa-Bonatz, Research Associate, Freie Universität Berlin
Date: Monday, 24 June 2013
Time: 10.30 am– 12.00 nn
Venue: ISEAS Seminar Room II
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Public Lecture: Research at the Cheung Ek Archaeological Site

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Readers in Singapore may be interested in this upcoming talk at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies by Dr Phon Kaseka on the Cheung Ek Archaeological Site.

Research at the Cheung Ek Archaeological Site
Phon Kaseka, Director, Archaeology Department, Royal Academy of Cambodia
Date: Monday, 17 June 2013
Time: 3.30 – 5.00 pm
Venue: ISEAS Seminar Room II

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The 'restoration' of monuments at Bagan

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Now that Myanmar is opening up to the larger world, more tourists are expected to arrive at ancient Bagan, the ancient monument-studded capital. This article explores the tension between what is thought to be shoddy restoration work to the monuments (“against archaeological principles”) and local attitudes to restoration (“living heritage”) at this spectacular site.

1, 2, 3, 4, ... , 2217 (Bagan, Myanmar)

The Ancient Burmese City of Bagan Struggles for International Recognition
Time, 15 May 2013
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Categories: Bagan Burma (Myanmar)


Documentary on Perak Man to air in Malaysia

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A documentary on the Perak Man that has won acclaim in the recent Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival will be aired in Malaysia. I would love to get a copy of this documentary, and if any readers in Malaysia can help out, please contact me!

Perak Man, New Straits Times 20121002

Perak Man, New Straits Times 20121002

Ministry to air award-winning documentary on Perak man – Rais
New Straits Times, 12 May 2013
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Conference: Proto-globalisation in the Indian Ocean world

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Just got this notice in the mail and on our Facebook page, but, act quick! Deadline for grants ends on Friday (May 17).
Conference: Proto-globalisation in the Indian Ocean world
7-10 November 2013

The Indian Ocean has emerged as a major topic of interest amongst scholars across a range of disciplines in recent years.  Researchers in fields as diverse as archaeology, genetics, history, linguistics and palaeoenvironmental studies have all explored evidence for precociously early coastal and transoceanic movements of goods, people, ideas, plants and animals in the region.  The ‘Proto-globalisation in the Indian Ocean world’ conference provides an opportunity for these scholars to gather and to critically evaluate the evidence for and implications of long-distance contacts and exchanges in the pre-1000 CE Indian Ocean.  It will consider the goods, technologies and ideas that moved across the ocean in this period, evaluating the possible existence of early globalised commodities, exploring object biographies, and considering the role of cosmopolitan Indian Ocean contacts in transforming societies on the littoral and beyond.  It will look at how cultural transfers were intertwined with extensive movements of plant and animals species both domestic and wild, considering the ecological, agricultural and disease impacts of species translocations, and their implications for the contemporary world in terms of biodiversity and food security.  Finally, it will explore the axes, processes and agents of early Indian Ocean interactions, critically rethinking in particular traditional notions about the drivers and agents of early exchanges and commerce, and drawing attention to the important role of smaller, less centralised and/or more mobile societies in the early Indian Ocean.  The gathering of scholars from a broad range of regions, disciplines and projects will enable discussion, debate and the exploration of synergies, as well as consideration of larger questions about the degree to which the Indian Ocean represented a globalised space in the pre-1000 CE period, the role of data from earlier periods in transforming Eurocentric notions of globalisation and the ways that studies of the past might inform our understanding of contemporary globalisation.

Conference Details

Wenner Gren burary details (Deadline: 17 May 2013)

Back issues of Asian Perspectives available online

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From a colleague, Professor Miriam Stark:


Dear Colleagues,

We are working to make our East and Southeast Asian archaeological publications more accessible to colleagues in regions that lack subscriptions to electronic journals. To that end, the University of Hawai’i Press has worked with us to make digital files available of all available Asian Perspectives articles from 1957 to 2008.

Please access individual journal issues at this URL (be sure to click on the issue to open up the list of articles):

We are also developing an open-access source for early 20th century western scholarship on the art and archaeology of Southeast Asia, and have begun with sources on Indochina. The currently available resources trend heavily toward Aymonier, Marchal, Lunet de la Jonquiere, and Parmentier, but we intend to expand the list in the next 18 months to include many other publications whose copyright has now expired: