Ayutthaya Historical Park seeks cooperation from tourists visiting Chai Wattanaram temple

via Thai PBS, 22 March 2018:

Ayutthaya Historical Park yesterday asked tourists visiting the Chai Wattanaram temple not to sit, stand or lean on the balcony around the main stupa of the temple after several bricks were broken and spalled.

Source: Ayutthaya Historical Park seeks cooperation from tourists visiting Chai Wattanaram temple

Buri Ram pulls out the stops

via The Nation, 22 March 2018: Phanom Rung is a Khmer temple located at the edge of an extinct volcano in Buri Ram province of northeast Thailand.

Buri Ram province, in cooperation with the Fine Arts Department and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), is organising the annual Phanom Rung Historical Park Festival 2018 from March 30 to April 1.

Source: Buri Ram pulls out the stops – The Nation

Javanese Manuscripts from Yogyakarta Digitisation Project launched by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X

via The British Library Asian and African studies blog, 21 March 2018:

The 75 Javanese manuscripts to be digitised include 70 known or believed to have been taken by British troops following an armed assault on the Palace (Kraton) of Yogyakarta in June 1812 by forces under the command of the Lieutenant-Governor of Java, Thomas Stamford Raffles, as well as five other related manuscripts. The manuscripts primarily comprise works on Javanese history, literature and ethics, Islamic stories and compilations of wayang (shadow theatre) tales, as well as court papers, written in Javanese in both Javanese characters (hanacaraka) and in modified Arabic script (pegon), on European and locally-made Javanese paper (dluwang). Some of these manuscripts are by now well known, such as the Babad bedah ing Ngayogyakarta, Add. 12330, a personal account by Pangéran Arya Panular (ca. 1771-1826) of the British attack on the Kraton and its aftermath, published by Peter Carey (1992), and the Babad ing Sangkala, ‘Chronogram chronicle’, MSS Jav 36(B), dated 1738 and identified by Merle Ricklefs (1978) as the oldest surviving original copy of a Javanese chronicle so far known. Peter Carey (1980 & 2000) has also published the Archive of Yogyakarta, two volumes of court documents, correspondence and legal papers. However, many of the other manuscripts have never been published.

Source: Javanese Manuscripts from Yogyakarta Digitisation Project launched by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X

The NSC Field School – ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

Applications for the NSC 2018 Field School are now open. Deadline is April 8, details in the link below.

The Field School will include numerous site visits and lectures in East Java. It will focus on the ancient polity of Majapahit (ca 13th-15th centuries CE). Participants will conduct intensive archaeological and art historical research as well as heritage management at Mount Penanggunan, Trawas, Mojokerto, East Java.

Penanggungan is regarded as one of the most sacred mountains in Java, identified with the summit of Mt Mahāmeru during the Hindu-Buddhist period. Well over 100 archaeological sites, comprising terraced sanctuaries, cave hermitages, bathing places and the remnants of religious communities, have been discovered on its slopes. These historical remains represent the ‘classical age’ of East Javanese art, spanning the 10th to 16th century. The majority of these structures were apparently constructed during the Majapahit period (ca. 1360–1511), thereby contributing to a broader understanding of the cultural dynamics of the so-called ‘age of transition’ in Javanese history.

The Field School maintains a unique full-spectrum approach designed to introduce participants to research design, methodology, field skills, excavation, analysis, and presentation.

The 2018 Field School is a collaboration between the Nalanda–Sriwijaya Centre (NSC), ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS), Singapore; and Pusat Penelitian Arkeologi Nasional (ARKENAS; National Centre for Archaeological Research), Indonesia. It will be hosted at the Ubaya Penanggungan Center, Trawas East Java.

Hélène Njoto (ISEAS) and Bambang Budi Utomo (ARKENAS) will lead the Field School.

Source: The NSC Field School – ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

Parts of over 100 Bagan pagodas to be demolished

via Myanmar Times, 21 March 2018:

Some portions of more than 100 pagodas in Bagan might be demolished because of substandard materials used during their renovation, a senior official of the Department of Archeology and National Museum said.

Source: Parts of over 100 Bagan pagodas to be demolished

Locals have mixed reaction to Bagan’s pagoda climbing ban

via Myanmar Times, 21 March 2018:

According to the decision of the Bagan Archaeological Management Committee early this year, visitors can no longer climb on the ancient pagodas.

Employees of the committee fenced off the stairs leading to the top of the pagodas to ensure that visitors do not trespass.

Source: Locals have mixed reaction to Bagan’s pagoda climbing ban

Fire damages four Wat buildings at historical Ayutthaya site

via The Nation, 18 March 2018

Four century-old monastic residence buildings within Wat Senasanaram located on Ayutthaya’s city island were damaged by fire early Sunday morning.

Source: Fire damages four Wat buildings at historical Ayutthaya site – The Nation

Cache of old practice bombs found in inner city

via Bangkok Post, 19 March 2018: A cache of dumb bombs, probably dating to World War II were found during construction in Bangkok (pretty close to my office!) a few days ago. The bombs are inert and have been declared safe.

A shopping centre construction site on Ratchawithi Road near Krung Thon Bridge was cordoned off on Monday after a cache of World War II era practice bombs was uncovered by an excavator.

Source: Cache of old practice bombs found in inner city

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Museum in Preah Vihear ready to open after 10 years preparing

via Phnom Penh Post, 20 March 2018:

A new museum near Preah Vihear temple will be inaugurated on Tuesday, 10 years after the project began. The Samdech Techo Hun Sen Eco-Global Museum consists of 11 buildings on a 177-hectare plot of land in Choam Ksan district. It will present artefacts from the nearby temple and related heritage sites, as well as exhibitions on local culture, flora and fauna.

Source: Museum in Preah Vihear ready to open after 10 years preparing

Recapping New York v. Nancy Wiener – The Antiquities Coalition Blog

via The Antiquities Coalition Blog: The first of a four-part story on the case of a New York art dealer’s arrest and her part in the looted antiquities trade.

This is the first of a four-part series that will recap the ongoing case of Nancy Wiener’s arrest for antiquities trafficking in the run-up to Asia Week 2018, held March 15-24 in New York.

Source: Recapping New York v. Nancy Wiener – The Antiquities Coalition Blog