via Straits Times, 28 August 2017: A Singaporean spin on the recent, very successful, A+, ISEAS field school at Tonle Sngout.
via Cambodia Daily, 25 August 2017:
A provincial official has acknowledged for the first time that local authorities took money from villagers to allow constructions inside Angkor Archaeological Park, but said on Thursday that the illegal structures would still be demolished.
Deputy Siem Reap provincial governor Ly Samrith said that some villagers had been “cheated” by local officials, but only those who had submitted forms to the Apsara Authority asking for permission would be spared from the weekslong demolition operation that began earlier this month.
“We think that some constructions would be allowed to stay, but if we give them a pardon, they will extend their constructions to the front of the Angkor temple,” he said.
via Bangkok Post, 24 August 2017: The Mahakorn Fort, which has recently been in the news because off attempts by the municipal government to evict the local community, is in the news again. This time, the fort structure itself appears to be tilting from old age.
via Khmer Times, 25 August 2017: Villagers returning chance finds
via Bangkok Post, 24 August 2017: An editorial about the Wat Arun restoration, that has drawn criticism of the Thai Fine Arts Department.
The public has been in uproar for more than a week over the restoration of stupas at the iconic Temple of Dawn, a national heritage and landmark tourist destination of the capital.
via Jakarta Post, 22 August 2017:
The second coordinating meeting of Borobudur Tourism Authority Board (BOB) was recently held on August 22.
The meeting was led by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs of Indonesia Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and attended by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, Minister of National Development Planning Bambang Brodjonegoro and Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Asman Abnur.
The establishment of BOB is based on the Presidential Regulation No. 46 of 2017 that was signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on April 11. The board was officially launched in July
via The Irrawady, 22 August 2017:
Myanmar aims to finish renovation work for quake-affected Bagan temples in the country’s central region by 2020, according to an official from the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library.
Thursday will mark one year since the powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on Aug. 24, centered about 15 miles west of Chauk in Magwe Region.
Out of the 3,252 temples and pagodas across Bagan—located to the north of the epicenter—389 were affected by the tremors and needed renovation, according to the department’s inventory.
via Sydney Morning Herald, 20 August 2017: An interview with Dr Kira Westaway from the University of Wollonggong and the events leading to the paper about finding 65,000 year old human remains in Sumatra.
via Khaosod English, 19 August 2017: Another discussion of the restoration of Wat Arun in Bangkok, which is receiving mixed reactions. The Fine Arts Department maintains it is following the established guidelines for the restoration of such work, but visitors today complain it is too white and bright than the grey tower they are used to seeing.
BANGKOK — Nopparat Petchchai has watched over the Temple of Dawn for over two decades. The 50-year-old security guard from Uttaradit province, who keeps a close eye on the throngs of mostly Western tourists, said he’s heard the years-long restoration effort of one of Thailand’s most iconic landmarks became controversial once the public got a […]
Besides the paper on stone tools of Vietnam, another paper (also by other former colleagues at the Australian National University) presents Lidar data from the iron-age settlement of Lovea in Cambodia.
Recent archaeological investigations and technological applications have increased our appreciation of the intricacies of pre-Angkorian societal development. The results reveal a transformative period characterised by increasing socio-political complexity, exchange and technological transfer, differences in burial wealth, growing levels of conflict and variation in site morphology. Among the excavated Iron Age sites in Cambodia, Lovea, near the heart of Angkor, is well placed to provide a greater understanding of these changes in this region. Excavation and remote sensing confirm that the two moats surrounding Lovea are testimony to the early adoption of water-management strategies. These strategies grew in complexity, culminating in the vast network of canals, reservoirs and tanks that are the hallmarks of the hydraulic society of Angkor.