Excavation at Indonesian megalithic site draws criticism

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An excavation at the Gunung Padag megalithic site has drawn criticism for its excavation methods by the local archaeology centre. The excavation is being run by an independent team of researcher, who according to the report, have “unlimited” funding.

Archaeologists slam excavation of Gunung Padang site
Jakarta Post, 30 September 2014
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BBC Documentary on Angkor

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Angkor Wat Lidar Source: Khmer Archaeology Lidar Consortium

Last week the BBC broadcast its documentary Jungle Atlantis, featuring some of my colleagues working in Angkor. The focus was on the data that was revealed through Lidar, uncovering an extensive network of roads, buildings and features beneath the jungle surface.

Angkor Wat Lidar Source: Khmer Archaeology Lidar Consortium

Angkor Wat Lidar Source: Khmer Archaeology Lidar Consortium

Beyond Angkor: How lasers revealed a lost city
BBC News, 23 September 2014

Jungle Atlantis
(Watch on iView)
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Iconic Ta Prohm trees to go

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Ta Prohm Tree. Source: The Phnom Penh Post 20140902

It’s a shame to see them go, but removing them seems necessary for the continued well-being of the temple (and not to mention the safety of visitors!). Four trees from the famed Ta Prohm temple will be removed because their continued existence within the temple structure destabilises it.

Ta Prohm Tree. Source: The Phnom Penh Post 20140902

Ta Prohm Tree. Source: The Phnom Penh Post 20140902

Temple trees to go: authority
Phnom Penh Post, 02 September 2014
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Ban Chiang artefacts return to Thailand

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Bang Chiang Pots returned to Thailand. Source: Bangkok Post 20140902

Over 500 pieces of ceramics, believed to be looted from the Ban Chiang archaeological site in Thailand have been returned to by the Bowers Museum in California.

Bang Chiang Pots returned to Thailand. Source: Bangkok Post 20140902

Bang Chiang Pots returned to Thailand. Source: Bangkok Post 20140902

‘Ban Chiang’ artefacts arrive from US
Bangkok Post, 02 September 2014

Thailand reclaims smuggled artefacts from California museum
The Hindu, 02 September 2014
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Khmer sculpture on loan at the National Gallery of Australia

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7th century Standing Buddha from Kompong Speu. Source: ABC News 20140829

Three pieces of Khmer sculpture are on loan to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra from the National Museum of Cambodia.

7th century Standing Buddha from Kompong Speu. Source: ABC News 20140829

7th century Standing Buddha from Kompong Speu. Source: ABC News 20140829

Cambodia loans rare Khmer sculptures to National Gallery of Australia
ABC News, 29 August 2014
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Thailand to help Myanmar with development of Pyu Cities site

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Pyu. Source: The Irrawaddy 20140829

At the request of Myanmar’s department of archaeology, Thailand will assist in the development and management of the Pyu Cities World Heritage Site, based on Thailand’s experience with Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.

Pyu. Source: The Irrawaddy 20140829

Pyu. Source: The Irrawaddy 20140829

Thailand to Help Burma Conserve Ancient Cities
The Irrawaddy, 29 August 2014
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Dhammazedi Bell search proves fruitless

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Rumours that a bell stolen from the Shwedagon Pagoda in the 16th century had been found proved to be just that – rumours. The salvage company has reportedly given up on the search, and public opinion has shifted to that of anger after donations were given to the ultimately fruitless cause.

Source: Myanmar Times 20140830

Source: Myanmar Times 20140830

Officials insist bell must return to pagoda
Myanmar Times, 30 August 2014

Hope turns to anger as bell search ends
Myanmar Times, 12 September 2014
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Now reporting ‘live’ from Bangkok

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I’m finally back from my holiday and have also transitioned to a new country – greetings from Bangkok! I just started with the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO-SPAFA, check them out here).

It’s a big move, from cool and dry Canberra to sunny and humid Bangkok, but one I am very happy to make. My role in SPAFA is to promote archaeology in Southeast Asia, and so there is much synergy between my professional role and my work with this website. As has been in my previous professional affiliations, I run SEAArch in a personal capacity and my personal opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my employer.

I’ll be back to posting news again this week. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed the first-ever Southeast Asian Archaeology Photo Festival that has been running the last two weeks. I think I will make it an annual event!

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