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
Just passing on this information about the Postgraduate ZooArchaeology Forum (PZAF) which will take place between the 27th and 29th June 2018 in Palermo (Sicily, Italy). Abstracts from any field of zooarchaeology will be considered, and can be submitted through the PZAF 2018 website https://www.pzaf.org/. The deadline for abstract submission is on 31st March 2018. For any information on the conference, please visit https://www.pzaf.org/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates and useful information can also be found on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pzaf2018/.
PZAF is an annual conference organised by and for postgraduate students and early-career professionals in the field of zooarchaeology.
Source: Pzaf 2018 – Postgraduate Zooarchaeology Forum
via Phnom Penh Post, 16 March 2018:
When the man passed away, he had not yet reached 50.
He belonged to a tribe that had settled near the Sangker River in Battambang province, likely cultivating the fields and raising animals. On the side, they hunted for boars, and even turtles, one of which would be laid in his grave to accompany him to his next life. Alongside pottery, jewellery and bangles, he would survive in fossilised form until thousands of years later when he would be discovered by a team of archaeologists in Cambodia.
One of these archaeologists is Heng Sophady, deputy director general for Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, who has devoted his life to uncovering Cambodia’s ancient past. For almost 10 years, he and his French-Cambodian team have been digging in Laang Spean cave in Battambang’s Ratanak Mondol district, making discoveries like the man’s grave, which provide evidence of the earliest known civilisations in Cambodia.
Source: Peeling back layers of prehistory in Battambang
via Bangkok Post, 13 March 2018:
The Culture Ministry is riding on the huge popularity of a new TV drama series to further promote Thai culture and tourism in Ayutthaya.
Source: Culture Ministry taps popularity of megahit TV series
via Bangkok Post, 11 Mar 2018: An ongoing Thai TV series has made Ayutthaya popular again. I’ve seen bits of the TV show, and it’s more of a romantic comedy than a historical drama, which has added to the appeal to the show!
Ayutthaya: The ruins and historical sites in this central plains province are a must-see in every guide book, but this ancient former capital is being taken by storm since the premiere of TV series Buppaesannivas (Destiny), a historical fantasy.
Source: Hit TV series brings tourists and traffic to Ayutthaya
via New Straits Times, 04 March 2018:
GEORGETOWN: After the discovery of two cannons, a group of archaeologists and historians from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) found nine cannonballs at the archaeological site of Fort Cornwallis.
Source: Nine cannonballs found at Fort Cornwallis [NSTTV]
via Navy Times, 01 March 2018:
The remains were found near the islands of Palau and are being analyzed for identification.
Source: Dive team uncovers WWII pilot’s remains in Pacific
via Bangkok Post, 1 March 2018: An exhibition celebrating diplomatic relations between India and Thailand at the National Museum in Bangkok.
A visit to a temporary exhibition at the National Museum Bangkok at the former Front Palace near Sanam Luang is a good way for tourists to explore India, Thailand and some other Southeast Asian countries through Buddhist art. The ongoing exhibit entitled “Buddhist Imagery From Bharata To Suvarnabhumi” celebrates the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Thailand and India and the 25th anniversary of the Asean-India relationship.
Source: Inspired by India
via Bangkok Post, 09 March 2018:
A female tourist sitting in the lap of a large Buddha statue at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol has attracted a lot of criticism from netizens after her photos went viral online.
Source: Woman sitting in lap of Buddha statue draws ire online
via Khmer Times, 9 March 2018:
The construction site behind the Angkor Wat temple is to repair one of the temple’s towers.
Source: Apsara Authority clarifies Angkor Wat photo confusion – Khmer Times