Tracing an ancient gold trade trail in the Philippines using satellite imagery

A just-published paper in JAS: Reports traces an ancient gold trading trail in northwestern Philippines using satellite imagery.

A Filipino archaeologist traces an ancient gold trading trail in the northwestern Luzon, thanks to state-of-the-art satellite imagery and image enhancement techniques

Source: Looking into the past through the eyes of the future
Paper: WorldView2 satellite imagery in remote sensing a past gold trading trail in Luzon: Testing ethnohistory-based and GIS-based models

[Talk] The Depiction of Ritual in Balinese Painting of the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries

A talk by Prof. Peter Worsley in Sydney on April 3. Registration required, details in the link below.

The vast majority of nineteenth and early twentieth century Balinese paintings are designed to tell stories and in a number of them their painters have depicted rituals. Paintings of the Brayut story (geguritan Brayut), for example, illustrate a commoner family’s celebration of Galungan and the father’s ritual preparation for death on the occasion of his youngest son’s marriage when he abdicates his responsibility for his family’s customary obligations. Paintings, which tell the story of Rāma’s grandfather and grandmother, Prince Aja and Princess Indumatī (kakawin Sumanasāntakaī), focus viewers’ attention on marriage rites, while paintings of the story of Rāma and Sitā (kakawin Rāmāyaṇa) and of God Smara and Ratih (kakawin Smaradahana) depict death rituals including the ritual suicide of wives. However, closer examination of these narratives paintings reveals that painters designed their works to draw viewers’ attention to other social and cultural thematic interests—to gender roles, and the differences between kings and priests for example.

Source: Event Detail

Lisa Maskell PhD Fellowships for Southeast Asians studies Humanities

The Gerda Henkel Foundation is offering full-time doctoral scholarships for African and Southeast Asian PhD candidates, particularly for programmes in Archaeology, History, Historical Islamic Studies, Art History, History of Law, Prehistory and Early History, and History of Science. A number of Southeast Asians have already been awarded the fellowship in previous years. More information can be found in the link below.

Source: Lisa Maskell Fellowships | Gerda Henkel Stiftung

Amid more demolishing, panel set up to evaluate Mahakan fort homes

The community at the Mahakan Fort continue to have their houses razed, but at the same time a panel has been set up to evaluate the historical value of some of the remaining houses. It looks futile at this stage, since even if the houses are preserved the living community has been actively destroyed?

A 10-member panel will be formed to look into the historical value of the remaining houses in the Mahakan Fort Community to determine whether they should be preserved, says a source close to City Hall.

Source: Panel to appraise Mahakan fort homes | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

[Job] Anthropology Lecturer, University of Washington

The University of Washington has a lecturer position open, and several faculty members are specialists in Southeast Asian archaeology. Applications close 13 April 2017.

Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Personnel

Source: Anthropology – Lecturer, Full-time, Competitive Recruitment (AA23136) | Academic Personnel

No shoes allowed on Bagan temples

Myanmar warns of action taken against tourists and guides who do not remove their shoes when visiting the temples of Bagan. The removal of shoes signify a mark of respect when visiting these sacred sites.

Myanmar authorities have announced plans to prosecute tour guides if their visitors do not take off their shoes upon entering pagodas in the country’s tourism hot spot Bagan.

Source: Myanmar warns over shoes in pagodas – Travel – NZ Herald News

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ပုဂံဘုရားမ်ားေပၚသို႔ ႏုိင္ငံျခားဧည့္သည္မ်ား ဖိနပ္ျဖင့္တက္ျခင္းကို မတားျမစ္က ဧည့္လမ္းၫႊန္ပါ အေရးယူမည္ (source story in Burmese)
Tourists and guides found wearing shoes on pagodas will be prosecuted, warn Bagan authorities

K50 million approved for road repairs in Bagan

Road repairs are good, but… only 4% of the fees goes back to developing the Bagan area?!

THE Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library (Bagan branch) has approved a request for K50 million from the Bagan Regional Development Association (BRDA) to repair and upgrade roads near the pagodas in the archaeological zone.

Source: K50 million approved for road repairs in Bagan

Weekend festival for Ayutthaya anniversaries

To celebrate the 666th anniversary of Ayutthaya Kingdom, an old capital of Thailand, and the 25th anniversary of Ayutthaya as a Unesco World Heritage Site, numerous activities under the theme of “Development In Accordance With The Footsteps Of Phraya Boran Ratchathanin” will be held by the Fine Arts Department and several public and private agencies at the Chantharakasem National Museum in Ayutthaya until Sunday.

Source: Remembering Ayutthaya | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

Billboard guidelines for Bagan cultural zone

Regulations for the erection of billboards in Bagan are being finalised.

Guidelines for the erection of billboards in the Bagan cultural zone will be drawn up to ensure that they conform to the structure of ancient buildings in the area, said Daw Yu Yu Lin, coordinator with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for Bagan’s tourism development project.

Source: Billboard guidelines for Bagan cultural zone