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Thailand prepares to defend two World Heritage Sites in danger

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Ayutthaya. Source: The Nation 20150623

Thailand is preparing to defend the World Heritage status of two sites, the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Concerns over the management of these two sites have been raised in previous Unesco meetings and they are expected to be discussed in the Unesco meeting in Paris next week.

Ayutthaya. Source: The Nation 20150623

Ayutthaya. Source: The Nation 20150623

Thailand continues fight to keep two sites’ status
The Nation, 23 June 2015

Thailand is preparing hard to defend the status of two World Heritage sites in the face of ongoing concerns about conservation and management efforts.

These two sites are the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex and the Ayutthaya Historical Park.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has threatened to downgrade the first site’s status as a World Heritage site.

At the last session of Unesco’s World Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar in 2014, the forest complex was identified as facing threats, which could be a reason to downgrade its World Heritage status.

Unesco also has concerns about the repairing of historic sites in Ayutthaya Historical Park after the big flood.

Even though the upcoming World Heritage Committee meeting will not have the forest complex’ status review on the agenda, the Thai delegation believes it needs to show that it will be able to maintain the complex as a World Heritage site.

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Two Vietnamese world heritage sites in danger list

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25 July 2007 (Viet Nam News) – The World Heritage Sites of Ha Long Bay and the ancient city of Hue have been placed in UNESCO’s list of sites with critical preservation issues, due to the effect of unresolved development issues.

Development imperils Viet Nam’s World Heritage sites: UNESCO

Viet Nam’s Hue and Ha Long Bay have been included on a list of 130 World Heritage sites encountering critical preservation issues, the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has said.

The committee noted that transport infrastructure and new construction sites newly built inside and around the Royal Citadel of Hue and urban development in the former royal city and its surrounding areas could have an impact on the preservation of the city of Hue, which is also a World Heritage site.

According to the Hue Centre for Monument Conservation, the committee praised the city authority’s effort to preserve the site, especially the plan to resettle households now living on the top of the Imperial Walls.

But it also instructed the city authority to pay attention to the living standards of the residents affected by the resettlement plan.

Read the full store of Ha Long Bay and Hue in the critical list.

Senatorial candidate calls for preservation of prehistoric cave sites

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13 April 2007 (Tempo) – A Philippine senatorial candidate has called for the investigation of prehistoric caves at Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines.

Preserve historical sites – Loren

Genuine Opposition (GO) senatorial candidate Loren Legarda called yesterday for the preservation of the prehistoric Huluga open site and caves in Barangay Indahag here as they form part of the country’s heritage.

In Senate Resolution 656, Loren urged the Senate committees on education, arts and culture and the environment and natural resources to conduct the investigation.

“(The) Huluga open site and caves in Cagayan de Oro City are among the remaining treasures of our heritage. We hope that every Filipino would consider it his duty to preserve our cultural and historical sites,” Loren said.

Related Books:
– A Selected Bibliography of Philippine Prehistory by D. W. Tantoko

Archaeological Fieldwork in Cebu, Philippines


08 November 2007 (Philippine Inquirer) – Anyone interested in fieldwork in Cebu? The National Museum and the Committee on Sites, Relics and Structures of the Cebu Provincial Government is looking for volunteers for an investigation on a site in Bantayan Island in North Cebu from mid-November to early December. You’ll have to read all the way to the end of the article for details about the fieldwork.

Mangyan in Cebu
By Joeber Bersales

No need to climb the steep and cold mountains of Mindoro to get a glimpse of the culture of one of the last four indigenous groups in the country that still use the syllabary (or baybayin) that antedates the Spanish colonial period by centuries. Well, not just yet. The Mangyan Heritage Center (MHC) and the University of San Carlos (USC) Museum opened yesterday a traveling exhibit entitled “The Mangyans of Mindoro: Myth and Meaning” – and admission is absolutely free.

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Finding gold in Bantayan

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13 September 2007 (Cebu Daily News) – With stories like these, one gets the impression that there is a lot of undiscovered archaeological potential in the Philippine islands that have yet to be surveyed, excavated and recovered. In this piece, the author writes about how archaeological material – prehispanic material culture as well as trade ceramics – have been recovered in the town of Bantayan, in Cebu. A map attached here to give you a sense of the geography of the place.

Bantayan Map
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Finding gold in Bantayan
By Joeber Bersales

If I had even just 5 percent or P35 million of the P700 million that Erap Estrada was convicted yesterday of plundering from the nation, I will immediately spend P30 million to buy and repair the only remaining tile-roofed trading house in Bantayan—one of three houses built by the legendary Manuel ‘Capitan Tawi’ Rubio at the height of his wealth in the 1850s. I will use the remaining P5 million to carry out a systematic archaeological study of this island as well as of the entire island of Cebu.

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Mrauk-U eyes listing as UNESCO World Heritage site

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via Myanmar Times, 10 November 2017:

Myanmar is considering several ancient cultural sites, including Mrauk-U, for listing as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site.

An application for Mrauk-U in Rakhine State will be submitted to UNESCO, said Thura U Aung Ko, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture, on November 8.

The initiative was authorised by the President’s office and relevant committees and several sub-committees have been established for the task.

Source: Mrauk-U eyes listing as UNESCO World Heritage site | The Myanmar Times

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Conservation plan for Gua Tambun

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Gua Tambun. Source: The Star 20160309

The Perak State government announced last month plans to revitalise and conserve the Gua Tambun rock art site in Ipoh, a site I am very familiar with. The plans include constructing an entrance and public facilities, but more alarmingly, an awning to protect the paintings from damage. This is a really bad idea, because it represents a major environmental change to the rock shelter (not to mention as being practically unfeasible).

Gua Tambun. Source: The Star 20160309

Gua Tambun. Source: The Star 20160309

Working to save Tambun Cave
The Star, 08 March 2016

Realising the importance of the preservation and conservation of all archaeological and heritage sites in Perak, the state government is set to revitalise the Tambun Cave by building facilities to ensure that the place does not lose its lustre. The caves are famous for its pre-historic drawings,

State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Communications and Multimedia Committee Chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi told MetroPerak that the state government recently finalised the conservation plan for Tambun Cave including the proposal to build a proper entrance and other public amenities.

She said RM120,000has been allocated for the construction, which will commence this month.

Full story here.