US helps fund Philippine church restoration

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Immaculate Conception Church in Eastern Sama.r. Philippine Inquirer 20141030

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

Immaculate Conception Church in Eastern Sama.r. Philippine Inquirer 20141030

US donates $300,000 to rebuild Eastern Samar church
Philippine Inquirer, 30 October 2014
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Gunung Padang excavators working out of questionable assumptions

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Gunung Padang site, Java. Source: Jakarta Globe 20141028

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

Gunung Padang site, Java. Source: Jakarta Globe 20141028

‘Out of Sundaland’ Assumption Disproved
Jakarta Globe, 28 October 2014
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Thomas Sutikna, co-discoverer of the Hobbit, continues research through Wollonggong University fellowship

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Thomas Sutikna. Source: The Conversation 20141030

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

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
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Locals reportedly looting shipwrecks in Quang Ngai Province

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Source: Thanh Nien News 20141028

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

Source: Thanh Nien News 20141028

Vietnam salvager says ancient coins looted from shipwreck
Thanh Nien News, 28 October 2014
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Unclear agency jurisdictions put Philippine sites in danger

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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

The Army Navy Club in Manila. Source: Rappler.com 20141028

PH cultural agencies in need of major overhaul?
Rappler.com, 28 October 2014
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Job Opportunity: Faculty Position in Southeast Asian History, NYU Abu Dhabi

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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.