Koh Ker statue to return to Cambodia

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Koh Ker statue

via New York Times, 12 December 2013

Koh Ker statue

An ancient statue of a Hindu warrior, pulled from auction two years ago because of assertions that it had been looted from a temple deep in the jungles of Cambodia, will be returned to that country under an agreement signed on Thursday by Sotheby’s, its client and federal officials.

The accord ends a long bare-knuckled court battle over the Khmer treasure, a 10th-century statue valued at more than $2 million. The Belgian woman who had consigned it for sale in 2011 will receive no compensation for the statue from Cambodia, and Sotheby’s has expressed a willingness to pick up the cost of shipping the 500-pound sandstone antiquity to that country within the next 90 days.

Source: Disputed Statue to Be Returned to Cambodia | New York Times

New dates push Bujang Valley back to 5th century BCE

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via The Edge Markets:

The significance of the Bujang Valley in history has been heightened by a latest sensational laboratory report on four sections of a newly excavated jetty complex – dating them each to 487 BC. This means that the port settlement in Kedah thrived 2,500 years ago, making it the earliest and oldest among the ancient kingdoms of South-east Asia. The civilisation lived until the 13th century AD. fz.com has learnt that the tests were conducted by the Korea Basic Science Institute in South Korea, through an Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating technique. The results were received by the Centre for Global Archaeological Research (CGAR) of Universiti Sains Malaysia two weeks ago.

Source: Ancient jetties discovered in Bujang Valley dated 487 BC | The Edge Markets

Kedah: Approval now required before building on archaeological land

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via The Star, 08 December 2013:

All land owners in Kedah must obtain the approval of the Kedah government and the National Heritage Department before undertaking any construction if they find on their property structures that can be regarded as archaeological remnants.

Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir said the directive would be issued to avert a recurrence of the incident where the ruins of an ancient temple were destroyed last Monday in Sungai Batu, in the archaeologically rich Lembah Bujang.

Source: Mukhriz: Approval needed for construction on Kedah land with archaeological remnants

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