If you’re a member of the SAA, please sing this petition to help form an interest group for Southeast Asian Archaeology.
We the undersigned wish to form an Interest Group of the Society of American Archaeology devoted to the promotion of Southeast Asian Archaeology (SEAA). The unique and specific aim of the SEAA Interest Group is to provide an international forum for archaeologists and other scholars with a common interest in the archaeology of Southeast Asia. We consider the region of Southeast Asia to include countries in mainland Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Peninsular Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam), Island Southeast Asia (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, East Timor). We recognize that the Pacific Islands (Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia) had long-standing interactions with Southeast Asia, and welcome scholars with research interests in this domain as well. The aim of our group is to advance the field of Southeast Asian Archaeology by providing an opportunity for scholars to share and promote research on this region, and encourage discussion and intra-regional collaboration, thereby facilitating the growth and development of scholars with an interest in Southeast Asia.
Please contact Alison Carter (email@example.com) with your ideas, comments and suggestions. The full proposal document is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n2ZQQ65G-kMjtqiO4MqV77c3jV4l114hAqlSp54ZPUo/edit?usp=sharing Please encourage your colleagues to sign as well.
Source: Petition to start a Society of American Archaeology Southeast Asian Archaeology Interest Group
An interesting conference to be held in Georgtown, Penang. Deadline for abstracts is 1 March 2018.
2018 marks the 10th anniversary of George Town and Malacca being inscribed as a World Heritage Site. In conjunction with this historical milestone, George Town World Heritage Incorporated is organising the International Conference on Managing Urban Cultural Heritage. The conference will be held from 1 to 4 October 2018 in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site, Penang, Malaysia.
Cities are historically culturally diverse centers for knowledge, innovation, and memory, and act as a reflection of a society’s identity. They are composed of interconnected layers of natural and cultural, tangible and intangible, international and local values, and are constantly evolving and adapting. The complex and dynamic nature of a city makes the management of a living urban heritage extra challenging, yet meaningful.
This conference aims to bring together stakeholders engaged in the development, conservation, and management of heritage cities. Members of national and local governments, universities and research centers, NGOs, the private sector, community groups, and civil society, are invited to share their successes and challenges in the following ten themes addressing urban heritage management.
International Conference on Managing Urban Cultural Heritage
An interesting web resource run by the National Library Board of Singapore listing over 3000 maps of Singapore, including some from the early 1800s. A link will also be put on the resources page.
NLB Spatial Discovery
via Cleveland.com. 17 December 2017:
The Cleveland Museum of Art is embarking on a yearlong radical makeover of its 7th century Cambodian statue of the Hindu god Krishna aimed at accurately reconstructing the original pose of the artwork.
Source: Cleveland Museum of Art embarks on radical reconstruction of Cambodian Krishna statue (photos)
via Manila Bulletin, 14 December 2017:
Panglao, Bohol – The National Museum turned over on Wednesday the restored Panglao Watch Tower and the St. Augustine Church, two national cultural treasures that were heavily damaged by the 2013 Bohol earthquake.
Source: National Museum turns over restored Bohol watchtowers
via Channel NewsAsia, 22 December 2017:
SINGAPORE: The National Parks Board (NParks) and ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS) on Friday (Dec 22) announced the start of the first phase of in-depth archaeological surveys on Pulau Ubin. The surveys started a week ago and are being conducted at two World War Two gun emplacements of Ubin’s Anti-Motor Torpedo Boat (AMTB) battery, which were built north of the island between 1936 and 1939 to defend the Johor Straits. The gun emplacements now reside at a National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) campsite. Surveys will take place in three phases over 18 months, said ISEAS associate fellow and archaeologist Lim Chen Sian during a media visit which was attended by Second Minister for National Development and Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee. “Previously there were only pedestrian surveys involving mainly visual inspection, as early as 1949,” Mr Lim added. “Now we have the resources … to figure out what really happened here. “At this stage it’s really about documenting, mapping out, creating an inventory and blueprint.” Depending on results of the first phase, more surveys may be carried out at the gun emplacements or at other sites on the western side of Ubin. The detailed study of the archaeological and historical remains at these sites will involve fieldwork such as identifying, mapping and recording heritage features – along with basic sampling such as surface collections. Sub-surface probes may also be carried out to analyse areas with a high probability of buried remains. The surveys will complement and add to ongoing cultural heritage and biodiversity research on the island, and serve as a guide for NParks to strategise conservation efforts, according to the agency’s Ubin director Robert Teo. “We will explore the possibility of future public access,” he said. “The idea is to preserve (historical sites like these) for future generations to enjoy.”
Source: Singapore begins first detailed archaeological surveys on Pulau Ubin
via Myanmar Times, 21 December 2017:
Locals and civil groups held a ceremony on Tuesday in which they welcomed the attempt to get Bagan Archaeological Zone listed as a World Heritage Site, but with some reservations.
Source: Bagan heritage listing lauded, with reservations
via Bangkok Post, 21 December 2017: Built in 1869, Wat Ratchabophit is the symbolic temple of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and one of two temples to enshrine the ashes of the late King Bhumibol (Ramax IX).
Apart from Wat Bowon Niwet, which is King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s symbolic temple, Wat Ratchabophit on Ratchabophit Road is one of only two temples that enshrine his ashes. Since Nov 7, when the temple started permitting the general public to pay respects to the royal remains, many have flocked there for this purpose.
Source: Where royal souls reside
via Khmer Times, 19 December 2017: A feature on the German Apsara Conservation Project working in Angkor.
In 1997, the German Apsara Conservation Project (GACP) was established with the goal of preserving and restoring the ruins of Angkor, the seat of power of the once-mighty Khmer Empire.
Source: Preservation and politics collide at Angkor Wat – Khmer Times
via The Conversation, 15 December 2017: Darren Curnoe of the University of New South Wales talks about his recent excavation at the Niah Caves in Sarawak.
Source: We found evidence of early humans in the jungles of Borneo