Postdoctoral researcher – Archaeology of Trinil Job at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands

The focus of Naturalis is biodiversity. Naturalis, situated in Leiden the Netherlands, curates a collection of 42 million specimens; this is one of the world’s largest natural history collections. We present the history of our planet and the diversity of life on Earth with permanent and temporary exhibitions, educational programmes and websites. Our research and education are maintained at a high academic level and organized in six research groups with their own expertise and focus.

Naturalis Biodiversity Center has a position for a

Postdoctoral researcher Archaeology of Trinil

The Postdoc position is available within the Vidi project of dr. Josephine Joordens, entitled “Studying Homo erectus Lifestyle and Location (SHeLL): an integrated geo-archaeological research of the hominin site Trinil on Java”. He/she will focus on setting up and conducting archaeological excavations at Trinil (Indonesia) in September 2018 and 2019, in collaboration with Indonesian archaeologists from ARKENAS, Jakarta. In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for studying traces of hominin modification on fossil shells and bones from the excavations and from museum collections, and supervising master students involved in the Trinil project.

At Naturalis in Leiden, the Postdoc will work in a dedicated “Trinil Team” with the PI, a PhD student focusing on geology and dating of Trinil and another PhD student focusing on the regional geology of East Java.

General requirements and skills:
The successful candidate should have a PhD in Archaeology with:

experience in designing and managing archaeological excavations
relevant skills, e.g. Total Station, differential GPS, photogrammetry, drones etc
basic laboratory skills
affinity with geology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction and human evolution
excellent command of the English language, willingness to learn Bahasa Indonesia
excellent scientific writing skills
available to start at the latest on June 1st 2018.

What we offer
A dynamic research environment with involved research staff for supervision, a lively PhD and postdoc community, and a national and international academic network. Naturalis has well-equipped modern laboratories with highly qualified technical staff. The candidate will also be affiliated with the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University.

The successful candidate will be employed by Naturalis in Leiden with a full time position (36 hours a week) for the duration of one year, to be extended with one year after successful first year evaluation. Salary indication € 40.000,- gross per year, depending on experience. As an employee of Naturalis the Collective Employment Agreement of Dutch Museums will be applicable to you. All our employees are incorporated into a pension fund. Naturalis Biodiversity Center promotes gender equality and wants to enhance the diversity of staff members.

The candidate will be supervised by Dr. Josephine Joordens. Feel free to contact her with questions about this position at josephine.joordens [at] naturalis.nl.

Procedure
Applicants are invited to submit their application, including a cover letter, CV (should include: (1) complete publication list number of citations, and your H-Index; (2) grants obtained; (3) teaching experience; (4) invited talks; (5) other relevant information) and the names and e-mail addresses of at least two persons that can be contacted for reference before March 1st 2018 using the ‘Go to application page’ button

Postdoctoral researcher – Archaeology of Trinil Job at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands

Source: Postdoctoral researcher – Archaeology of Trinil Job at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands

Bodies of second world war sailors in Java sea ‘dumped in mass grave’

via The Guradian, 22 January 2018: The illegal salvage operations in Indonesian waters take a more sombre tone as reports emerge that human remains are being unceremoniously dumped. The second link below is worth taking a look at; it is a more in-depth investigation at the racket and the ships (mostly Chinese and Indonesian) involved.

Illegal metal scavengers accused of disposing of remains from British and Dutch warships

Source: Bodies of second world war sailors in Java sea ‘dumped in mass grave’

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[Lecture] Classical Javanese Figurative Sculpture: Examining ornament and style

For readers in Singapore, an upcoming lecture in ISEAS

Classical Javanese Figurative Sculpture: Examining ornament and style
Date: Tuesday, 30 January 2018
Time: 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Venue: ISEAS Seminar Room 2

About the Lecture
This lecture examines a corpus of free standing Hindu Buddhist figurative sculpture produced in Java in the 9th to 14th century period whose elaborate dress displays textiles with detailed patterns. This surviving body of sculpture, carved in stone in bas relief and cast in metal, varying in both size and condition, now stands in archaeological sites across Java, museums in Indonesia, and beyond. Situated a few degrees south of the equator, the humid climate of Java has ensured that textiles from this period have not survived in situ.

In considering supporting evidence from other regions of Asia, this lecture explores the origins of the medieval textiles depicted on these sculptures, and identifies the types of textiles being represented. It also provides some analysis of specific motifs, such as those on Saiva Buddha sculptures representing tantric iconography.

Additionally this lecture re-examines, through this corpus of sacred sculpture, the impact of the ‘Pāla Style’ from northeast India on the sculpture of Classical Java.

About the Speaker
Dr Lesley S Pullen, is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in art history at SOAS University of London. She was born in Medan, Sumatra and lived in Asia for thirty years. Dr Pullen arrived in London in 1997 and completed at SOAS a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art, a Taught Masters and in 2017 a PhD. She is currently converting her doctoral thesis “Representation of Textiles on Classical Javanese Sculpture” into a monograph. Her work includes research into the textiles and ornament of India, Central Asia and China, and how these are reflected in Southeast Asian material art. She tutors and lectures on Southeast Asia art history courses at SOAS and the V&A Museum.

Digging up the past: Searching for treasures to unlock more of Singapore’s history

via Channel NewsAsia, 21 January 2018:

With many potential archaeological sites in Singapore that have not been investigated yet, the hope is that undiscovered artefacts can reveal even more about the country’s rich heritage.

Source: Digging up the past: Searching for treasures to unlock more of Singapore’s history

UI archaeology professor weighs in on Borobudur’s ‘chattra’ restoration

via Jakarta Post, 20 January 2018: Some disagreement over a plan to reinstall the chattra or symbolic umbrella on top of Borobudur.

The University of Indonesia’s (UI) archaeology professor, Agus Aris Munandar, said there needed to be a thorough study prior to restoring the chattra (an umbrella-shaped form symbol usually placed atop religious symbols in Buddhism and Hinduism) on the top of the main Yasthi stupa at Borobudur temple.

Source: UI archaeology professor weighs in on Borobudur’s ‘chattra’ restoration

Nearly a century after the bloody murder of a French colonial official, a village still bears the mark of the ‘beast’

via Phnom Penh Post, 19 January 2018: A interesting story about a Cambodian village and its ‘mark of shame’ in its role of the murder of a colonial officer.

The road to Kraang Leav village, branching off the main highway five minutes northwest of Kampong Chhnang town, leads to a moss-covered stupa boxed in by a stone fence. A plaque identifies it, though the words – “Bardez Stupa” – don’t convey the true weight of its history. On this spot nearly 93 years ago, in April of 1925, the blood-soaked body of Felix Louis Bardez lay.

Source: Nearly a century after the bloody murder of a French colonial official, a village still bears the mark of the ‘beast’

Bago palace uses anti-Burmese symbol to attract Thai tourists

via Coconuts Yangon, 17 January 2018: Kanbawza Thardi Palace in Bago has a statue of an Ayutthaya princess that holds a secret meaning to Thai visitors.

Officials want to attract Thai tourists to a replica of Bayinnaung’s palace by displaying a statue that symbolizes the cruelty of Burmese expansionism.

Source: Bago palace uses anti-Burmese symbol to attract Thai tourists | Coconuts Yangon