Philippine shipwreck looters foiled

Five shipwreck looters were caught trying to salvage a wreck in the Subic Bay without permission (but later released?)

Source: Philippine Inquirer 20140328
Source: Philippine Inquirer 20140328

5 charged with looting shipwreck in Subic Bay
Inquirer, 28 March 2014
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Excavation of King Uthumphon’s tomb may resume soon

Sources say that the excavation of what is thought to be the tomb of an Ayutthaya king in Myanmar may resume soon.

Source: The Irrawady 20140326
Source: The Irrawady 20140326

Joint Thai-Burmese Study Slated for Siamese King’s Mandalay Tomb
The Irrawady, 26 March 2014
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Dong Son exhibition in Malaysia

The National Museum in Kuala Lumpur is hosting an exhibition on the Dong Son culture, in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of its first discovery in Vietnam.

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Dong Son Culture exhibition in Malaysia
Saigon Giai Phong, 21 March 2014
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The rock art of Malaysia

Liz Price writes about the various rock art sites found in Malaysia, including Gua Tambun, the Niah Caves, Gua Badak and the newly-discovered Merapoh caves.

Source: The Star 20140322
Source: The Star 20140322

Gua Badak: Cave art from the past
The Star, 22 March 2014
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No more new hotels in Bagan?

I know I just posted a story about a fifth hotel zone to be set up in Bagan, but it looks like that it may be the last. After the fulfillment of current construction contracts, it looks like there will be no more hotels allowed to be built near the ancient city.

Source: DVB 20140320
Source: DVB 20140320

New hotels banned in ancient Bagan
DVB, 20 March 2014

Myanmar halts Bagan hotel development
Travel Daily Media, 19 March 2014

Myanmar halts new hotel construction in ancient temple city
The Nation, 19 March 2014

Myanmar halts hotel construction
Bangkok Post, 19 March 2014
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Excavation for Thai king’s tomb suspended, team hopes to push on

The search for the tomb of Thai King Uthomporn in Myanmar’s Amarupura has recently been suspended, but the excavation team is hopeful that work can resume soon.

Royal tomb project ‘to go ahead’
The Nation, 21 March 2014
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Fifth hotel zone opens up in booming Bagan

A fifth hotel zone is being opened up in Bagan as tourist arrivals begin to outstrip room capacity.

Source: Eleven Myanmar 20140319
Source: Eleven Myanmar 20140319

Booming tourism in Bagan nets fifth hotel zone
Eleven Myanmar, 19 March 2014
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Much needed for underwater archaeology in Vietnam

Prof Nguyen Tac An, formerly of the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography, comments about what’s needed in order for underwater archaeology in Vietnam to develop.

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Source: Vietnam Net 20140319

East Sea archaeology, why not?
Vietnam Net, 19 March 2014
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Chickens crossed the Pacific from Southeast Asia, but didn’t reach South America

A study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences unravels the origins of chickens and how they dispersed across the Pacific.

Using ancient DNA to study the origins and dispersal of ancestral Polynesian chickens across the Pacific
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
doi: 10.1073/pnas.1320412111

Chickens tell tale of human migration across Pacific
The Conversation, 18 March 2014

Chicken bones tell true story of Pacific migration
Heritage Daily, 17 March 2014
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