This year’s excavations at Angkor Wat

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A feature on the excavations at Angkor Wat that just wrapped up.

Source: Nat Geo Traveller, 20180716

Source: Nat Geo Traveller, 20180716

Cambodia: Angkor Wat’s new discovery
Nat Geo Traveller, 16 July 2018

This is no camping ground, but an excavation site — one of myriad archaeological digs underway in the Angkor area that come under the umbrella of the Greater Angkor Project.

Beneath one of the tarps, Coline Cardeño, a young University of the Philippines archaeology student with a big smile, stands in a deep grave-like trench scribbling measurements onto a clipboard. Not far away, at the end of another trench, American archaeologist Dr Alison Carter sits at a table piled with papers and a MacBook with a battery-life obviously longer than mine.

These two archaeologists, along with others I meet — Cambodian PhD candidate Piphal Heng, ceramics specialist Rachna Chhay from the APSARA Authority, which manages Angkor Archaeological Park, and the University of Hawaii’s Dr Miriam Stark — are doing fieldwork in the walled area surrounding Angkor Wat.

Full story here.

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13th century shipwreck is Vietnam’s oldest

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It turns out that the 13th century shipwreck reported last week is Vietnam’s oldest.

Source: Vietnam Net 20130701

Source: Vietnam Net 20130701

The 700-year-old wreck in pictures
Vietnam Net, 01 July 2013

For the first time Vietnamese experts have excavated the shipwreck dating b ack to the 13th century. This is the oldest wreck in Vietnam waters. The ship has a unique structure, which is rarely seen in the world,” said Dr. Pham Quoc Quan, former director of the Vietnam National Museum of History.

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Bronze drum discovered in north vietnam

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A bronze Dong Son drum has been found in Bac Kan province in north Vietnam.

Archaeologists discuss the newly-found bronze drum from northern province of Bac Kan. Source: Saigon Giai Phong 20130708

Archaeologists discuss the newly-found bronze
drum from northern province of Bac Kan. Source: Saigon Giai Phong 20130708

Ancient bronze drum found in Bac Kan
Saigon Giai Phong, 06 July 2018

A bronze drum from the Dong Son culture (2,000BC-200AD) has been found at a road construction site in the northern province of Bac Kan, according to researchers from the Vietnam Archaeology Institute.

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A family of iron smiths who can trace their lineage 500 years

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The Jakarta Post features a family of iron smiths in Bali who have been practicing their craft for over 500 years.

Iron in their blood
Jakarta Post, 04 July 2013

“At the time our family arrived in Bali there was only the Bali Mula here — there were no cities at that time because kingdoms had not yet begun, so in a way our family helped in the establishment of the kingdom working as blacksmiths,” said Sunarta of the household utensils, farming implements and weapons crafted by his family that formed an integral element of developing settlements in Bali.

Iron work is so deeply ingrained into Sunarta’s being that he believes his smith’s tools and fire-breathing forge are continuations of himself, with different implements having a direct correlation with parts of his body.

Full story here.