Phimai residents oppose Fine Arts Dept move to declare ‘historic site’

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via Bangkok Post, 25 Feb 2018: Phimai is a 12th century Angkorian temple located in Northeast Thailand.

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Residents in Tambon Phimai Municipality of Phimai district have raised an objection to the Fine Arts Department’s move to declare a 2,658-rai area a historic site, saying that they have lived in the area for generations, and have proper legal documents to prove their right to occupy the land.

Source: Phimai residents oppose Fine Arts Dept move to declare ‘historic site’

Khmer history scholar dies at 88

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via Phnom Penh Post, 26 Feb 2018: Obituary of Prof. Claude Jacques, a prominent scholar of Khmer inscriptions.

Scholars of Khmer and Southeast Asian history are mourning the passing of professor Claude Jacques, a prolific academic of ancient stone inscriptions, who will be laid to rest today at the town chapel of his countryside home in the Oise region of France. He was 88.

Source: Khmer history scholar dies at 88

Authentic Ayutthaya revived at Japanese Village’s Virtual Reality Street Museum

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via Pattaya Mail, 22 Feb 2018:

Ayutthaya, 22nd February 2018  – Thailand and Japan are jointly celebrating the 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations with a Virtual Reality Street Museum at the Japanese Village in Ayutthaya province. Created as an integral part of a permanent exhibition and multimedia of “Yamada Nagamasa (Okya Senabhimuk) and Thaothongkeepma” in the exhibition hall next to Chao […]

Source: Authentic Ayutthaya revived at Japanese Village’s Virtual Reality Street Museum – Pattaya Mail

Palm leaves to tablet as Lao manuscripts go online

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via ANN, 15 Feb 2018: The Digital Library of Lao Manuscripts is online and more accessible than ever.

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The nation’s heritage of palm leaf manuscripts is now available for everyone to read free of charge via their computer, tablet or mobile phone, Director of the National Library of Laos (NLL), Khanthamaly Yangnouvong said recently.

Source: Palm leaves to tablet as Lao manuscripts go online

Video: Archaeology of Longvek in Cambodia

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via the Cairns Post, 22 Feb 2018: click on the link below to see the video.

Flinders University archaeologist Dr Martin Polkinghorne is digging into the dark age of Cambodia, after the demise of Angkor in the 15th Century. The earth yields the truth about the past, which can be checked against legends and stories. The project has Australian Research Council grant funding, in collaboration with the Cambodian Ministry of Culture…

Source: Archaeology in Cambodia (Longvek)

Myanmar, Germany to jointly conserve cultural heritage

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via Xinhua, 21 Feb 2018:

Myanmar and Germany have agreed to jointly conserve the cultural heritage of Bagan in northern Mandalay region, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.

According to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Tuesday, Germany will provide technical aid to conduct a project of conserving the Nanpaya Temple, one of the 389 pagodas destroyed following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 24 in 2016.

A training program for maintaining and preserving murals in the Narathihapate Pagoda will also be carried out, the MoU said.

Source: Myanmar, Germany to jointly conserve cultural heritage | Xinhua



via the Western Australian Museum: This report has been collated for the purpose of completing the record of artefacts recovered during excavations undertaken by joint Thai-Australian expeditions in the 1980s. This group represented the Thai Fine Arts Department Underwater Archaeology Division, Silapakorn University, the Thai Ceramic Archaeological Project, the Western Australian Museum, the Australian (now Australasian) Institute for Archaeology, the University of Adelaide, the Art Gallery of South Australia and on occasion, participants of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMO), Special Project in Archaeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA). Participants represented Thailand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Canada, Poland and the United States of America. Included is information recorded by the author whilst participating in excavations of kiln sites at Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai Province and the Bang Rachan or Mae Nam Noi Kiln site, Singburi Province, Thailand during the 1980s. A brief visit was also made to the Ban Bang Pun Kiln site, Suphanburi. The author was also privileged to have been given access to the ceramic sherd collection of the National Museum of the Philippines, Manila and those of the regional museums of Butuan and Cebu cities.

Archaeologists find two historic cannons at Fort Cornwallis

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via The Malaysian Insight, 20 Feb 2018

EXCAVATION works at the historic Fort Cornwallis in George Town, Penang, has unearthed two East India Company (EIC)-era cannons over two centuries old. Both bear the insignia “GR” – Georgius…

Source: Archaeologists find two historic cannons at Fort Cornwallis

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