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USM launches archaeotourism packages to bridge public and archaeology

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Archaeology fans can get their hands dirty and dig up ancient artefacts at actual excavation sites in Perak and Kedah or at a mock excavation site at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

USM recently launched its archaeotourism package, especially aimed at students and visitors interested in archaeology, for a hands-on tour of actual archaeological sites in Sungai Batu and Lenggong Valley. There is also an USM Archaeology Gallery within the USM compound in Penang that details all of the archaeological sites in Malaysia, with exhibits of artefacts dug up in those excavations.

Source: Like archaeology? Now you can dig at real excavation sites | Malaysia | Malay Mail Online

Sungei Batu proposed to be a cultural gallery

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Sungei Batu site in Kedah, Malaysia. Source: The Star 20151202

A Malaysian archaeologist has proposed that the Sungei Batu site in Kedah, Malaysia should be made into a cultural gallery. Archaeological evidence from Sungei Batu is thought to be the site of an important iron-smelting port since 2,500 years ago.

Sungei Batu site in Kedah, Malaysia. Source: The Star 20151202

Sungei Batu site in Kedah, Malaysia. Source: The Star 20151202

Reliving ancient times
The Star, 02 December 2015

The Sungai Batu archaeology site, believed to be the oldest settlement in South-East Asia, should be turned into a living cultural gallery.

Director of USM’s Centre for Global Archaeological Research Prof Datuk Dr Mokhtar Saidin said the site, some 20km from here, could be modelled after the Iron Museum in Seoul, South Korea.

He said the discovery of an ancient iron smelting foundry was proof there was internatio-nal demand, adding that around the jetty ruins were mounds of rubble containing iron slag and ingots.

“A living cultural gallery at the site will ‘revive’ the ancient civilisation in Merbok dating back 535 BC and it will certainly help to boost tourism here.

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Khmer sculpture on loan at the National Gallery of Australia

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7th century Standing Buddha from Kompong Speu. Source: ABC News 20140829

Three pieces of Khmer sculpture are on loan to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra from the National Museum of Cambodia.

7th century Standing Buddha from Kompong Speu. Source: ABC News 20140829

7th century Standing Buddha from Kompong Speu. Source: ABC News 20140829

Cambodia loans rare Khmer sculptures to National Gallery of Australia
ABC News, 29 August 2014
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Review: Marine Archaeology in Southeast Asia

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Marine Archaeology in Southeast Asia: Innovation and Adaptation.
Heidi Tan (ed.) Singapore: Asian Civilisations Museum, 2012.
ISBN: 978-981-07-1109-2 (pbk.)
Reviewed by S. T. Foo

Marine Archaeology in Southeast Asia: Innovation and Adaptation is a collection of papers delivered at the Conference on Maritime Archaeology in June 2011. The conference, which was organized by the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore, was held in conjunction with the Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum’s exhibit of the Belitung shipwreck artifacts in “Shipwrecked: Tang Dynasty Treasures and Monsoon Winds.” The Belitung shipwreck exhibition, which was referenced in many chapters of the book, was intended for further exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the Spring of 2012, but was later cancelled in December 2011 after some controversy (Trescott 2011, Smithsonian Institution 2012).
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New statues for the east gallery of Angkor Wat

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The World Monuments Fund unveils four statues, locally produced and designed as a result of research, and hopes to see them installed on the roof of Angkor Wat’s East Gallery, after approval from public consultation.

Phnom Penh Post, 20120611

Phnom Penh Post, 20120611

A monumental undertaking in Angkor Wat
Phnom Penh Post, 11 June 2012

New Cambodia Art Planned for an Old Empire
VOA, 11 June 2012
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New gallery for Neolithic site in Penang

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An archaeological gallery will be set up for the Guar Kepah site in Penang, a Neolithic shell midden site. It appears that the shell middens were also used as burial mounds.

Guar Kepah excavation, The Sun 20120227

Guar Kepah excavation, The Sun 20120227

New gallery to showcase 6,000-year-old culture
The Sun, 27 February 2012
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