Japan to fund upgrade of Bagan airport

via Myanmar Times, 27 October 2017: Upgrading the Nyaung U Airport will translate to a significant rise in visitors to Bagan.

Japan will provide grants worth $42 million to cover the upgrade of Nyaung U Airport in Bagan, U Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of Department of Civil Aviation told The Myanmar Times on October 24. The upgrades will be done in co-operation with Japanese companies.

Source: Japan to fund upgrade of Bagan airport | The Myanmar Times

Papua New Guinea skull ‘world’s oldest tsunami victim’

via AFP-New Straits Times, 26 October 2017:

A 6,000-year-old skull found in Papua New Guinea is likely the world’s oldest-known tsunami victim, experts said Thursday after a new analysis of the area it was found in.

The partially preserved Aitape Skull was discovered in 1929 by Australian geologist Paul Hossfeld, 12 kilometres (seven miles) inland from the northern coast of the Pacific nation.

It was long thought to belong to Homo erectus (upright man), an extinct species thought to be an ancestor of the modern human that died out some 140,000 years ago.

But more recent radiocarbon dating estimated it was closer to 6,000 years old, making it a member of our own species – Homo sapiens. At that time, sea levels were higher and the area would have been near the coast.

An international team led by the University of New South Wales returned to the site to collect the same geological deposits observed by Hossfeld.

Source: Papua New Guinea skull ‘world’s oldest tsunami victim’ | New Straits Times | Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News

Gua Pelangi, Negeri Sembilan’ prehistoric cave site

via Sinar Harian, 26 October 2017: (article is in Bahasa Malaysia)

SEBUT sahaja Gua Niah, Sarawak, dan Gua Bewah, Terengganu sudah pasti ramai yang sudah mengenali khazanah negara itu berbanding Gua Pelangi yang terletak di Negeri Sembilan.

Source: Gua Pelangi semarak sejarah Negeri Sembilan – Rencana – Sinar Harian

The Lion City’s Glorious Past

via Archaeology (magazine), 16 October 2017:

That history has now been revised, and the textbooks amended. Largely due to archaeological excavations that began in 1984 and culminated in the island’s largest-ever dig, in 2015, evidence now exists of a fourteenth-century port city that had long been buried under downtown Singapore. Led by American archaeologist John Miksic and more recently by Singaporean archaeologist Lim Chen Sian, a researcher with the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre Archaeology Unit at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, these rescue digs were driven by small private donations and passionate volunteers. Through fragments of earthenware, Chinese pottery, Indian beads, and Javanese jewelry, Miksic and others have pieced together a new story—one that pushes the city’s origins back some 500 years before Raffles’ arrival, traces the rise and fall of Singapore between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, and places it in the robust ancient maritime trade network of the region.

Source: The Lion City’s Glorious Past – Archaeology Magazine

Ayutthaya ruins to be promoted as night-time tourist destination

via Pattaya Mail, 20 October 2017:

The city of Ayutthaya is planning to install special lighting systems at all its major ancient sites to attract tourists to visit at night-time. Support Pattaya Mail – Click Here Director of the Ayutthaya Historical Park, Sukanya Baonert, said a budget of more than 300 million baht has been allocated to make Thailand’s ancient capital […]

Source: Ayutthaya ruins to be promoted as night-time tourist destination – Pattaya Mail

Popular Bagan Pagoda Closes After Terrace Collapse

via The Irrawaddy, 20 October 2017: Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of the two remaining temples upon to the public for sunset viewing is now closed, after a terrace of the pagoda collapsed following rains.

Source: Popular Bagan Pagoda Closes After Terrace Collapse