Poor pay a problem for Cambodia’s archaeologists

Source: Phnom Penh Post 20140701

An article in the Phnom Penh Post highlights the problem of poor pay as a factor for the lack local archaeologists in Cambodia. The article quotes several of my colleagues.

Source: Phnom Penh Post 20140701
Source: Phnom Penh Post 20140701

Archaeology gets education boost, but pay remains poor
Phnom Penh Post, 1 July 2014

A new training course is set to enhance the skills of Cambodia’s next generation of archaeologists. However, experts are saying it is poor pay rather than a lack of educational opportunities that hampers efforts to restore and preserve the Kingdom’s historical treasures.

The three-month master’s degree course, which is intended to produce more professionals specialising in archaeology, is set to begin this month and will be taught in both Khmer and French.

Trainees will learn advanced skills in managing, repairing and restoring archaeological sites.

The course, which is backed by UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, will also see students add to Cambodia’s catalogue of archaeological significant sites.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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