Virtual reality connects Indonesians to treasures of the world

An Indonesian company is employing virtual reality to let people visit works of art from around the world using Oculus Rift.

Virtual Reality using Oculus Rift. Source: Jakarta Post 20140516
Virtual Reality using Oculus Rift. Source: Jakarta Post 20140516

Virtual museum brings Indonesia’s heritage closer to home
Jakarta Post, 16 May 2014
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Cleveland Museum says its Khmer statue not from Prasat Chen

The Cleveland Museum of Art says that its own statue of Hanuman was not looted from Koh Ker, based on their inspection of the pedestals there.

Hanuman statue at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Source: Cleveland.com 20140513
Hanuman statue at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Source: Cleveland.com 20140513

Statue not coming back: US museum
Phnom Penh Post, 15 May 2014

The Cleveland Museum of Art says it has evidence that its Hanuman sculpture was not looted from Prasat Chen in Cambodia
Cleveland.com, 13 May 2014
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New Singapore textbook integrates archaeology

Singapore’s new history textbook will include material on the country’s archaeology, rather than start its establishment as an British colony in the 19th century.

Prof John Miksic. Source: New York Times, 20140511
Prof John Miksic. Source: New York Times, 20140511

In New Textbook, the Story of Singapore Begins 500 Years Earlier
New York Times, 11 May 2014
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Dong Duong’s towers rapidly decaying

The Cham Towers of Dong Duong are being consumed by the forest, but despite its national heritage recognition very little has been done to preserve it.

Dong Duong Towers, Source: Thanh Nien News 20140512
Dong Duong Towers, Source: Thanh Nien News 20140512

9th century nat’l heritage disintegrates in central Vietnam
Thanh Nien News, 12 May 2014
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Fate of Song Dynasty finds in Hong Kong still in the air

The lead archaeologist of the excavation at the Sha Tin rail link excavation in Hong Kong stops short of giving a recommendation on the final fate of the Song Dynasty finds.

Source: South China Morning Post, 20140516
Source: South China Morning Post, 20140516

Fate of relics and Sha Tin rail link left open
South China Morning Post, 16 May 2014
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Pulau Nangka ‘coins’ probably Majapahit artefacts

Malacca’s Chief Minister announces that the ‘coins’ found from Pulau Nangka were probably Majapahit amulets. Similar amulets have been found in other sites in Malacca, making its link to the treasure less likely.

Idris Haron: Pulau Nangka relics probably Majapahit amulets, not coins
The Star, 16 May 2014

Artefacts found in Pulau Nangka believed to be Majapahit amulets
The Rakyat Post, 16 May 2014
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PhD scholarship for RHX dating in Khmer stoneware

For any potential PhD students looking for a project, there is a scholarship available at the University of New England in Australia to study rehydroxylation dating (RHX) as part of an Australian Research Council grant that studies the geochemistry and dates of Khmer stonewares and their kilns.

This is a full scholarship to the University of New England; applicants with geosciences background are especially encouraged to apply.

If you are interested, please contact:

Dr. PETER GRAVE
p.grave@une.edu.au
Associate Professor, Archaeology
School of Humanities
University of New England
Armidale, NSW 2351
Australia
+61 2 67 73 2062
http://www.une.edu.au/staff-profiles/pgrave

Pulau Nangka coins an alloy of bronze and silver

Elemental analysis of the coins discovered from Pulau Nangka have indicated that they are not gold – what does this mean for the treasure hunt?

Pulau Nangka treasures contain no gold
New Straits Times, 09 May 2014
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Archaeologists excavate skeleton at Long An Province

Archaeologists working in Long An have excavated a 4,000-year-old skeleton in South Vietnam.

Source: Thanh Nien News 20140506
Source: Thanh Nien News 20140506

4,700-year-old skeleton found in Vietnam
hanh Nien News, 06 May 2014
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Pulau Nangka: Much ado about nothing?

On the Pulau Nangka trail, nothing new seems to have emerged from the excitement of the previous weeks. These collection of recent articles do not reveal anything new about the hunt.

Pulau Nangka, Pulau Besar and St Paul’s Hill form Sultan’s Treasuries, says expert
The Star, 07 May 2014

Pulau Nangka’s ancient coins planted? [Link no longer active]
Malaysia Chronicle, 06 May 2014

Do not be obsessed with search for hidden treasures- Malacca CM [Link no longer active]
Bernama, via New Straits Times, 06 May 2014

CM: Old coins will be tested [Link no longer active]>
New Straits Time, 03 May 2014
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