2020 Call for Sessions | Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage

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The next Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage will be held in Taiwan in 2020. Session proposals are being solicited until May 1, 2019.

1st CALL FOR CONFERENCE SESSIONS

The Bureau of Cultural Heritage, National Taiwan Ocean University, and the National Museum of Marine Science & Technology would like to welcome you to the Fourth Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage

Session abstract submission deadline: May 1st, 2019

In keeping with the Conference theme and sub-themes stated below, submit a 300-word abstract and session title before May 1st, together with the name of the session organiser, affiliation and email address.

Source: 2020 Call for Sessions | Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage 2017

TV5Monde report on excavations at Laang Spean

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Source: TV5Monde 20190310

via TV5Monde, 10 Mar 2019: News video about excavations in Laang Spean. Video is in French.

Au Cambodge, la mission préhistorique franco-cambodgienne a mis à jour des vestiges d’occupation humaine,  parmi les plus anciens de toute l’Asie du Sud-Est. Des découvertes archéologiques rendues possibles après dix ans de travail. Chaque annnée depuis 2009, l’équipe s’est rendue pendant un mois dans la région de Battambang. Aujourd’hui, le chantier touche à sa fin. Reportage dans la grotte de Laang Spean.

Source: Archéologie au Cambodge : les réussites de la mission préhistorique franco-cambodgienne | TV5MONDE – Informations

Yuan Dynasty ceramics found in East Java

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Yuan Dynasty ceramics in Java. Source: Pontianak Post, 20190315
Yuan Dynasty ceramics in Java. Source: Pontianak Post, 20190315
Yuan Dynasty ceramics in Java. Source: Pontianak Post, 20190315

via Pontianak Post, 15 Mar 2019: Yuan Dynasty ceramics found in East Java. Article is in Bahasa Indonesia.

Penyerangan tentara Tar Tar dipimpin Kubilai Khan, ke Singhasari atau Singosari, Jawa Timur, pada abad ke-13 bisa ditemukan jejaknya di Pulau Serutu dan Pulau Karimata, Kabupaten Kayong Utara. Bukti kuat mereka pernah singgah ini, ada pada prasasti batu yang terdapat di Pasir Kapal dan Pasir Cina Dusun Serutu.

Batu yang bertuliskan huruf cina, berhasil diterjemahkan Peneliti Balai Arkeologi Banjarmasin Imam Hindarto. Menurutnya, untuk meneliti tulisan tersebut dia meminta bantuan temannya yang kuliah di Prancis. “Banyak tulisannya yang sudah usang dan tidak terbaca, namun ada tulisan yang sangat jelas di batu tersebut yang sangat besar yakni menyebutkan negara Yuan,” jelasnya Kamis (14/3).

Source: Jejak Kubilai Khan Diteliti | Pontianak Post

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Tomb-shaped structure found at Thon Pan Hla excavation site

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via Myanmar Times, 14 Mar 2019:

A Tomb-shaped structure has been unearthed at the Thon Pan Hla archaeological excavation site in Bago Region, said U Kyaw Myo Win, deputy director of Archaeology and National Museum Department.

The structure was found in Ko Gyi Mhyote village, Sin Myee Swe city, about 80 kilometres from the ancient Pyu-era capital of Thayekhittaya, said U Kyaw Myo Win.

“It is difficult to say if it is a tomb. In the excavation, structures were found that have not been found at other Pyu-era sites. We cannot tell yet whether it is a tomb or a temple,” he said.

Source: Tomb-shaped structure found at Thon Pan Hla excavation site | The Myanmar Times

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Ancient inscription stone turned in for preservation

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Jayavarman IV inscription from Svay Rieng province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190313
Jayavarman IV inscription from Svay Rieng province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190313
Jayavarman IV inscription from Svay Rieng province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190313

via Phnom Penh Post, 13 March 2019: 10th century inscription found in Camboidia’s Svay Rieng province.

A more than 1,000-year-old inscription stone, made during the reign of Jayavarman IV between 921 and 941, was handed over by a local pagoda to the Svay Rieng provincial Department of Culture and Fine Arts on Monday for preservation.

Deputy department director Puth Sophanny told The Post on Tuesday that a woman from Svay Teap district’s Prasout commune had handed the ancient artefact to a former chief of Porthimony pagoda in 2011 in order to keep it safe, thinking that the stone was a “holy and God-possessed” object.

“Until now, no one knew the stone was 1,000 years old. The inscription could not be read or translated.”

Source: Ancient inscription stone turned in for preservation, National, Phnom Penh Post

How were jar burials carried out in Borneo?

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Jar burials at the Sabah Museum: Source: Kajo Mag, 20190306
Jar burials at the Sabah Museum: Source: Kato Mag, 20190306
Jar burials at the Sabah Museum: Source: Kajo Mag, 20190306

via Kajo Mag, 06 Mar 2019: An overview of jar burials in Borneo.

Today, the act of putting several family members in a large tomb is still practiced by some of the Kayan and Kenyah communities in Sarawak. Except that these large wooden chambers are now made of bricks and look like small, well-decorated houses.

However, the custom of jar burial in Borneo is no longer practiced and have been replaced by the more conventional wooden casket.

Source: How were jar burials carried out in Borneo? –

Spanish-era cemetery in Balaoan, La Union demolished; replaced with cockpit arena

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via Inquirer, 11 March 2019: The previous story was good news, but this piece was bad news. A colonial cemetery site was illegally demolished last year in northern Philippines, and in its place is a stadium.

A cockpit arena now stands at the site of the Spanish-era cemetery of Balaoan in La Union following its demolition last year.

The circular cemetery together with the town’s convent was built by Fr. Casimiro Melgosa in 1877.

It was where the seven martyrs of Balaoan were executed by Spanish authorities during the 1896 Philippine revolution.

A descendant of one of those martyrs, Emilie Obaldo, a heritage advocate based in the United States, lamented the demolition.

“If this issue is a violation of any existing Philippine law protecting historical structures, then whoever demolished Balaoan’s public cemetery should be held accountable,” said Obaldo. (She is sister of mayoralty candidate General Pedro Obaldo Jr.

The “desecrated” cemetery, she said, “has been untouched for years, evident that it has always been a public property.” But it appears to have been transferred to private ownership.

Source: Spanish-era cemetery in Balaoan, La Union demolished; replaced with cockpit arena | Inquirer Lifestyle

NHCP suspends demolition of Maasin’s centuries-old structure

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Source: Sunstar 20190309
Source: Sunstar 20190309

via SunStar, 09 Mar 2019: The National Historical Commission of the Philippines halts the demolition of a 243-year-old watchtower in Southern Leyte.

THE National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has issued a cease and desist order, suspending all activities affecting the 243-year-old watchtower within the campus of a private Catholic school in Maasin City.

“It has come to our attention that the proposed construction of buildings within the compound of Saint Joseph College will affect a Spanish-period watchtower,” said Dr. Rene Escalante, the NHCP chairman.

“The said structure being more than 50 years is a presumed Important Cultural Property (ICP). Under Republic Act 10066 or the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009, such ICPs must be protected from any modification or alteration,” Escalante added in a letter addressed to Bishop Precioso Cantillas of the Diocese of Maasin.

Source: NHCP suspends demolition of Maasin’s centuries-old structure – SUNSTAR

Asia, Art and the Transcultural: SOAS Voices

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Masterclass organised by SOAS and the Asian Civlisations Museum on 13 and 14 April 2019. Registration fee applicable.

Asia, Art and the Transcultural

SOAS University of London, in partnership with the Asian Civilisations Museum, is pleased to announce this series of public masterclasses on transcultural issues in the arts of Asia, on 13th and 14th April, 2019.

The SOAS-ACM Masterclasses Series will provide perspectives and insights on key intersections in the historical transmission of arts, styles, cultures and religions between the cultural and political centres of Southeast Asia, India and China. The eight academics, from SOAS’s School of Arts and School of History, Religions and Philosophies, will lead this unique public event, exploring transformative patterns of engagement and understanding.

The Masterclasses Series, which will be of special interest to anyone with a passion for art history, museology, archaeology and history, takes place in the Asian Civilisations Museum, one of the world’s leading centres for knowledge exchange on Asian cultures and heritage, located in one of the world’s most transcultural cities.

Source: Asia, Art and the Transcultural: SOAS Voices Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Our Journey to becoming a UNESCO World Heritage City

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Source: Chiang Mai City Life, 20190301
Source: Chiang Mai City Life, 20190301
Source: Chiang Mai City Life, 20190301

via Chiang Mai City Life, 01 Mar 2019: Reflections on the process of nomination a property for World Heritage listing.

You may be surprised to learn that Chiang Mai is well on its way to submitting its final dossier to UNESCO in our bid to become Thailand’s first living heritage city. It has involved an extraordinary amount of work by people from many sectors. And while UNESCO suggests an indicative timeframe of ten years for the preparation of nominations, and we have been at it for just over three years since we were placed on the tentative list in 2015, those leading the charge say that they may be ready to submit in as little as a year’s time. If accepted, this would be a great honour and boon for Chiang Mai; if not, the process itself has been an invaluable asset to the development of the city…and we will still have many years to regroup and reapply.

Source: Our Journey to becoming a UNESCO World Heritage City