This Borneo archaeological dig cave could shed light on the Mt Toba super-volcano eruption and humans’ arrival in the region

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Trader's Cave Excavation. Source: ABC news 20181027

via ABC, 27 October 2018: A beautiful multimedia essay about recent excavations in the Niah Caves complex.

Trader's Cave Excavation. Source: ABC news 20181027

Trader’s Cave Excavation. Source: ABC news 20181027

The caves are also one of the most important fossil sites in the region.

Over the past 60 years, archaeologists have uncovered the remains of hundreds of skeletons in a Neolithic cemetery up to 4,000 years old, and an Iron Age cemetery up to 2,000 years old.

It is also where an iconic fossil known as Deep Skull was unearthed in 1958 by British palaeontologists Tom and Barbara Harrisson.

Source: This Borneo archaeological dig cave could shed light on the Mt Toba super-volcano eruption and humans’ arrival in the region – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

[Lecture] Treasures of the Deep: Maritime Archaeology in Hong Kong, China and Asia-Pacific

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Readers in Hong Kong may be interested in this talk by Bill Jeffery on maritime archaeology in Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific.

The Chinese University of Hong kong by e X p o s e / Shutterstock

The Chinese University of Hong kong by e X p o s e / Shutterstock

Treasures of the Deep: Maritime Archaeology in Hong Kong, China and Asia-Pacific (in English)
Prof. Bill Jeffery (Assistant Professor, University of Guam)
Date:16 Nov 2018
Time:4:00-6:00 pm
Venue: LT4 Esther Lee Building, Chung Chi College, CUHK

Maritime archaeology is a relatively new discipline in the anthropology field. As was the case in archaeology, maritime archaeology commenced with a fascination and collection of curios or antiquities and not always with a motivation to preserve and study the archaeological record for the benefit of the general public. Collectors and treasure hunters have taken their toll on terrestrial and underwater sites, recovering and collecting artefacts for selling or keeping as personal possessions. Sites such as Nanhai No.1 in China contain a wealth of information about trade in the 13th century, and other sites throughout China, Korea and parts of South East Asia well illustrate the trade and the types of ships that were used throughout the region, and further afield. The Hong Kong waters, located in a significant part of the maritime silk road, could potentially contain sites of great interest in China’s maritime activities. The recent find of a Song Dynasty anchor stock in Hong Kong waters is a tantalizing link in these activities and perhaps indicative of things to come. It reveals Hong Kong’s maritime cultural landscape and seascape is worthy of exploring in greater detail, where the more than 70,000 scuba divers could be of great assistance. This talk will discuss these issues and activities in addition to placing the region’s maritime archaeology into the world context, particularly in association with UNESCO and its Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.

Register here.

Digging Fort Canning Park: Refreshed archaeological site, restored gardens to open by June 2019

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Invited archaeologist Dr John N. Miksic (centre) and volunteers working at the Archaeological dig exhibition at Fort Canning Park on Oct 28, 2018. Photo: Ooi Boon Keong/TODAY

via Today, 28 October 2018: The Fort Canning site is being re-excavated and refurbished as part of the Singapore Bicentenary celebrations next year. New finds include Sawankhalok ware from Thailand.

Invited archaeologist Dr John N. Miksic (centre) and volunteers working at the Archaeological dig exhibition at Fort Canning Park on Oct 28, 2018. Photo: Ooi Boon Keong/TODAY

Invited archaeologist Dr John N. Miksic (centre) and volunteers working at the Archaeological dig exhibition at Fort Canning Park on Oct 28, 2018. Photo: Ooi Boon Keong/TODAY

Several new attractions showcasing the rich history of Fort Canning Park will be ready by June next year, breathing fresh life into the 18-hectare site.

Three historical gardens that will be restored will be ready by then, in conjunction with the bicentennial exhibition that will be held at the Fort Canning Centre, said the National Parks Board (NParks) on Sunday (Oct 28).

A 17-year-old exhibition space that features an archaeological dig site will be closed from next month to June next year for improvement works. When it reopens, the space will be renamed Artisan’s Garden as it is believed to be the site of a 14th-century palace workshop.

Source: TODAYonline | Digging Fort Canning Park: Refreshed archaeological site, restored gardens to open by June 2019

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Songkhla town closes in on World Heritage status

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via Bangkok Post, 28 October 2018:

Ban Bon Mosque. Source: Bangkok Post 20181028

Ban Bon Mosque. Source: Bangkok Post 20181028

Estimated at over 200 years old, this small town is famous for blending the architectural heritage of the Islamic religion with a Sino-Portuguese style, a genre of Southeast Asia architecture.

Muang Songkhla is included among seven cities that the Thai government wishes to propose to Unesco to list as a World Heritage site.

The other six are Muang Chiang Mai, Muang Lampang, Muang Kamphaeng Phet, Muang Lop Buri, Muang Phimai and Muang Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Source: Songkhla town closes in on World Heritage status | Bangkok Post: news

‘บ้านเชียง’ ครั้งแล้วครั้งเล่า เปิดหลักฐานใหม่ เขย่าความรู้เก่า 40 ปีที่ยังไม่มีตอนจบ

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New Sarawak Museum set to open its doors in 2020

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Source: Borneo Post 20181027

via Borneo Post, 27 October 2018:

Source: Borneo Post 20181027

Source: Borneo Post 20181027

KUCHING: The new Sarawak Museum Campus is set to become a must-visit attraction once it opens its doors to the public in 2020. The RM308-million project is undertaken in two stages – the first one …

Source: New Sarawak Museum set to open its doors in 2020 – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

BBC Sounds – Cambodia’s ancient Khmer Empire

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Bas relief sculpture, elephant charging into battle and the battle between the Cham and Khmer. The battles conducted by Jayavarman VII against the invading Cham. Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom, Seam Reap. Source: Jak149 / Shutterstock

via BBC Sounds, 28 October 2018: A BBC audio program about Angkor and the Khmer civilisation featuring a number of prominent scholars. I am a little bothered by the fact that there aren’t any Cambodians in the panel though – it seems silly to have a discussion about Khmer culture and civilisation without any Khmers involved.

Around the twelfth and thirteenth century CE Angkor was thought to be one of the world’s biggest cities. Its massive temple complex at Angkor Wat covered hundreds of acres adorned with majestic towers, terraces and waterways: symbols of the might of the Khmer kings who ruled the region. Angkor Wat attracts millions of tourists every year and has pride of place on the Cambodian national flag but there’s much more to Angkor and the Khmer civilisation than its temples.

Bridget Kendall talks about Khmer history with David Chandler, Emeritus Professor of history at Monash University in Melbourne; architectural historian Dr. Swati Chemburkar from the Jnanapravaha Arts Centre in Mumbai; anthropologist Dr. Kyle Latinis from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore and former Dean of the University of Cambodia; and art historian Dr. Peter Sharrock from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Source: BBC Sounds – The Forum – Cambodia’s ancient Khmer Empire

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11th KAPI Conference

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Greetings from Katipunan Arkeologists ng Pilipinas, Inc. (Society of Philippine Archaeologists), Bahay Saliksikan, Bulacan State University and the City of Malolos!

On 8 December 2018, we will be holding the 11th KAPI Conference at Bahay Na Tisa, Malolos Bulacan. We are inviting archaeologists, related researchers, and cultural workers to disseminate and update the community in their research findings, build networks and linkages, and discuss issues on the country’s archaeological heritage.

With the theme: “Peoples, Things, and Cultures: Papers on Integration in Philippine Archaeology”, papers and posters that contribute to the conference abstract are welcome. You can submit your abstract by emailing kapi.org.ph@gmail.com containing the title and abstract of no more than 300 words. Papers may be presented in either Filipino or English. Deadline for abstract will be on November 5, 2018 (Monday).

You may already pre-register at this online form: https://goo.gl/forms/N1psTSzjB7KP12Cr1 and check out our website www.kapi.org.ph for more details about the conference.

CAORC Fellowships at the CKS

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Fellowship opportunity for US Residents, hosted at the Centre for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap. Deadline is 24 January 2019.

The CAORC National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship Program supports advanced research in the humanities for U.S. postdoctoral scholars, and foreign national postdoctoral scholars who have been residents in the U.S. for three or more years.

Scholars must carry out research in a country which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Eligible countries for 2018-2019 are: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia.

Fellowship stipends are $4,200 per month for four consecutive months. This program is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) under the Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI).

​This fellowship program is currently accepting applications. The deadline is January 24, 2019.

Source: CAORC | Fellowships

Francis Light’s letters digitised at USM

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via Bernama/Malaysiakini.com, 23 October 2018: Universiti Sains Malaysia and SOAS will create a project to digitise the letters of Sir Francis Light, the founder of Penang. The letters offer a window into geopolitical events into the Malayan region at the time. Article is in Bahasa Malaysia.

Naib Canselor USM, Datuk Dr Asma Ismail berkata , koleksi bersejarah yang disimpan di School of Oriental and African Studies, Universiti London itu bakal merubah lanskap sejarah Pulau Pinang malah juga di dunia apabila tercetusnya sebuah projek dikenali sebagai ‘The Beacon of Light @ USM’.

“Ini adalah koleksi digital 1,200 surat, merangkumi 11 jilid dari tahun 1771 hingga 1794, selama kira-kira 23 tahun, semuanya dalam tulisan Jawi,” kata Dr Asma pada Majlis Anugerah Sanggar Sanjung USM 2017, di George Town, semalam.

Raja Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail selaku Canselor berkenan berangkat ke majlis tersebut.

Source: USM dapat hak eksklusif kaji surat digital Francis Light