Cleveland Museum says its Khmer statue not from Prasat Chen

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

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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Fate of Song Dynasty finds in Hong Kong still in the air

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Source: South China Morning Post, 20140516

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

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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

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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: Much ado about nothing?

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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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