Besides Myanmar, Vietnam saw the addition of another World Heritage site, the Trang An Scenic Landscape in Ninh Binh Province, which contains archaeological sites from the prehistory past and the 10th and 11th centuries.
The state government has granted the company in charge of the treasure hunt an extension til August 1. While the search has been unsuccessful so far, a pair of divers have reportedly found some treasures in other parts of the island!
The Phnom Penh Post’s weekend edition has another story on the Angkor Wat paintings, and this story nicely contextualises the find with the work by my colleagues at the University of Sydney who have been working there far longer than I have – shedding light on the so-called ‘dark ages’ of Angkor between the empire’s ‘fall’ and subsequent ‘rediscovery’.
A new study published in the British Journal of Criminology reveals the inner workings of a statue trafficking network in Cambodia and Thailand and sheds light on how the particular form of organised crime works.