The US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation has donation $300,000 for the restoration of the 400-year-old church of the Immaculate Conception in Eastern Samar province, which was damaged by last year’s typhoon Yolanda.
Immaculate Conception Church in Eastern Sama.r. Philippine Inquirer 20141030
US donates $300,000 to rebuild Eastern Samar church
Philippine Inquirer, 30 October 2014
A museum to the ancient Majapahit culture is planned to be completed in 2016, to be located in southern Bali.
Source: BeritaBali.com 20140924
Museum Majapahit Akan Dibangun di Balangan Bali
BeritaBali.com, 24 September 2014
Article is in Bahasa Indonesia
A controversial archaeological excavation is taking place at Gunung Padang, a megalith site in Java, where the investigators are looking for evidence for a lost civilisation. The problem is, they seem to be working on a number of questionable assumptions, and the article talks about one of them – the so-called Out of Sundaland hypothesis.
Gunung Padang site, Java. Source: Jakarta Globe 20141028
‘Out of Sundaland’ Assumption Disproved
Jakarta Globe, 28 October 2014
A new fellowship has been set up at the University of Wollonggong, in memory of the late Mike Morwood, to continue the research into the ‘hobbit’. The first recipient of the fellowship is Thomas Sutikna, one of the co-discoverers of the astonishing find.
Thomas Sutikna. Source: The Conversation 20141030
Hobbit’s world to be explored with University of Wollongong fellowship
Illawara Mercury, 28 October 2014
A decade on and the Hobbit still holds secrets
The Conversation, 30 October 2014
Fresh out of the underwater archaeology conference in Quang Ngai Province comes more reports of looting of shipwrecks by locals – as much as two tonnes of coins have already been removed illegally.
Source: Thanh Nien News 20141028
Vietnam salvager says ancient coins looted from shipwreck
Thanh Nien News, 28 October 2014
Not quite archaeology, but related. (which is in the National Museum of the Philippines’ domain). An article highlighting how competing agencies with unclear jurisdictions may be putting heritage sites in Philippines at risk.
The Army Navy Club in Manila. Source: Rappler.com 20141028
PH cultural agencies in need of major overhaul?
Rappler.com, 28 October 2014
A new exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore highlights 700 years of Singapore history, including displays on Singapore archaeology and pre-colonial Singapore.
New exhibition to explore 700 years of Singapore’s history
Channel NewsAsia, 27 October 2014
Ban Chiang artefacts returned by the Bowers Museum in US earlier this year are now being inspected by the archaeologists of the the Fine Arts Department.
Source: Bangkok Post 20141026
Ancient artefacts back where they belong
Bangkok Post, 26 October 2014
NYU Abu Dhabi has a Faculty Position open for Southeast Asian History, with a targeted appointment for September 2015.
NYU Abu Dhabi is currently inviting applications for a tenured or tenure-track appointment at any level (assistant, associate, or full professor) for its History Program. Applicants should offer a special area of research and teaching dealing with any historical period concerning Southeast Asia.
We are seeking historians with an active research and publishing agenda, and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching. Please visit the History Program’s website for more information: http://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/academics/academic-divisions/arts-humanities/history.html
Interested applicants can see the job posting here.
The Cham people observe the annual Kate Festival in commemoration of their gods and ancestors.
Cham Towers in Ninh Thuan Province. Source: Viet Nam News 20141024
Cham people hold annual festival
Viet Nam News, 24 October 2014