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Wat Chaiwattanaram, Ayutthaya

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The Bangkok Post features the temple of Chaiwattanaram in Ayutthaya, which is the architectural model of the Thai royal crematorium. The wat contains many significant architectural features that encode Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, elements that are commonly found in other Hindu-Buddhist architecture in the region.

Royal crematorium has historical roots
Bangkok Pos, 06 April 2008
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Wednesday Rojak #35

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This late edition of rojak comes at the last hours of Wednesday (local time) because I was rushing for another deadline… it’s been a pretty news-filled week, with the standoff at Preah Vihear taking centre-stage. We’ll have some blogamentaries about it featured below, along with pictures from the royal funeral, tattoos, tradition and Google.

Dedication
photo credit: RabunWarna
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In memoriam: Gale Sieveking 1925-2007

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Gale Sieveking was an archaeologist who worked in Malaya from the 1950s and onwards. He is best known for his excavation of Gua Cha in Kelantan, where over 30 humain remains have been found, buried in two distinct time frames, the Hoabinhian and the Neolithic. This tribute was published in the Newsletter of the Society of Antiquarians in London. Special thanks to Dr Ian Glover for this bit of news.

Memories of Gale Sieveking (1925–2007)

The call, in the last issue of Salon, for further reminiscences concerning our late Fellow Gale Sieveking produced a fruitful bounty of information. Since Gale played such an important part in the development of archaeology as a discipline and in our understanding of prehistory, these valuable insights into his life and work are worth recording in full.

Our Fellow Ann Sieveking has generously provided a copy of the address that she gave at her late husband’s funeral. We are also very grateful to our Fellows Juliet Clutton-Brock, Michael Thompson, Michael Kerney and Phil Harding for their accounts of the lasting impression that Gale made on them, and to Professor Rory Mortimore, now Head of Civil Engineering and Geology at the University of Brighton, who provides an account of Gale’s ability to build multi-disciplinary teams around the study of flints and prehistoric technology.

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