Now that’s really a lot of rock art

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Last year I posted about charting the rock art sites in Southeast Asia, based on a survey of the literature available. Today I’m pleased to announce the result of that effort; an overview of rock art in Southeast Asia published as an Open Access paper in Arts.

The Rock Art of Southeast Asia. Source: Rock Art Research in Southeast Asia: A Synthesis, Arts.

The Rock Art of Southeast Asia. Source: Rock Art Research in Southeast Asia: A Synthesis, Arts.

Rock Art Research in Southeast Asia: A Synthesis

Rock art has been known in Southeast Asia since the early 19th century, but relatively little attention has been paid to this class of archaeological material. This paper attempts to correct the perception that there is little rock art known in the region; especially in the light of intensified research efforts over the last 30 years that have led to the discovery of numerous new sites. Over a thousand rock art sites are known in the form of rock paintings, petroglyphs and megaliths in Southeast Asia, and their distribution across the various territories are uneven. This paper summarises the state of rock art research in Southeast Asia and discusses some of the challenges of studying rock art in this region, research trends and new finds from recent research.

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The Invisible Cambodians [insert local nationality here]

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via Phnom Penh Post, 07 February 2018:

When people think of archaeology in Cambodia, names like Henri Mouhot, who popularised the Angkorian temples through his journals, might spring to mind. Those in the know might think of Etienne Aymonier, the first archaeologist to systematically survey the ruins of the Khmer empire, or Lunet de Lajonquiere, who carefully created an inventory of the temples.

But little thought has been given to the Cambodian people who played an integral role in helping them with their work. That is, until the annual Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA) conference in Siem Reap a couple of weeks ago, when archaeologist Heng Piphal gave a presentation entitled ‘Invisible Cambodians’, telling the story of the labourers, assistants and archaeologists who helped the French during the Protectorate period and beyond.

Source: The ‘invisible Cambodians’ who went uncredited for Angkor excavations

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