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Feature on the stone conservation at Ayutthaya

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Bangkok Post, 25 April 2017. The German Wat Ratchaburana Safeguarding Project (GRASP), that recently concluded its five-year project.

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Two pagodas of Wat Ratchaburana in central Ayutthaya are almost 600 years old, but their beauty is still visible due to conservation efforts. The remaining stucco and plaster at both stupas (prang and mondop), the Buddha statues at the Prang, the floral decoration at the east face of the prayer hall and the stucco at a small pagoda — they have been preserved partly as a result of a German conservation project in close co-operation with the Ayutthaya Historical Park and Unesco Bangkok.

Source: ‘Stone doctors’ operate in Thailand | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

Fellowship positions: Modes of Authority and Aesthetic Conducts from South to Southeast Asia

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Two postdoctoral fellowship positions are available as part of the PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres University) research project entitled AutoritAs. They will be administered by the CNRS.

The Autoritas project Modes of Authority and Aesthetic conducts from South to Southeast Asia Art, in its material and immaterial manifestations, often serves the legitimation of authority, whether that authority is political, religious or of some other kind. From South Asia to Insulindia, aesthetic forms of expression, be they graphic, visual, musical, choreographic, theatrical, narrative (or most often combinations of these elements), contribute to the establishment of various types of legitimacy. Over time, they have undergone multiple processes of circulation, valorization, devalorization, prohibition, reinvention, re­‐appropriation, emulation. Sometimes censored, they have also elicited forms of resistance and opposition. The project calls on several different social science fields to think through the link between aesthetic phenomena and authority from South Asia to peninsular and insular Southeast Asia.

Key words: arts, performing arts, aesthetics, politics, authority, power, ritual, orality, techniques, South Asia, Southeast Asia [Link no longer active]

Pay: approx. 2,000 €/month
Length: 10 months (Sept. 2016-­June 2017)
Location: Paris
Application deadline 30th April 2016

Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, History, Archaeology

From a scholarly point of view, the candidates will use fieldwork materials to elaborate a research contribution aimed at understanding the complexity of the link between aesthetics and modes of authority in a South Asian or Southeast Asian country. This research can be in the following fields: history, anthropology, archaeology, epigraphy.

The two young scholars will need to contribute to the overall project by helping with the organization of the 2017 international conference and of workshops. They will assist the project heads by taking care of research administration duties and by tracking project deliverables.

Desired background
The candidates must hold a PhD in the social sciences, preferably in anthropology, ethnomusicology or history. This
diploma must have been obtained less than 5 years ago. They must have a solid grasp of one vernacular language from a South or Southeast Asian country. Perfect fluency in French and English is desirable. They must have a fair amount of experience in research administration and a great sense of teamwork.

Postdoctoral contract details
The candidates will be assigned to and hosted by the Centre Asie du Sud-­Est (CASE, Paris, CNRS/EHESS) and the Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud (CEIAS, Paris, CNRS/EHESS) respectively. In addition to their research duties, they will be expected to help with the preparation of the 2017 conference. Their scholarly
integration will be facilitated by the project heads. They will conduct research, which will be funded in part from the overall project budget. Their salary will be approximately 2,000 euros net per month for 10 months.

The application file must be in PDF format and include:
• A curriculum vitae with a list of publications
• A copy of the PhD diploma or equivalent certificate
• The “rapport de thèse” (report on the PhD defense), or, only in the case of doctorates obtained from universities
that do not release such rapports de thèse, three letters of reference sent directly by the referees to the project heads.
• A project describing postdoctoral research and activities fitting in precisely with the AutoritAs project program
(5 pages maximum) – in French or English. The application file must be sent electronically to
and, no later than 30th April 2016.

Job opportunity: Archaeology field assistant in Hong Kong


ERM Hong Kong is hiring an archaeological field assistant with knowledge of Chinese artifacts.



Working with a team of technical experts you will have the opportunity to contribute to archaeological field works.


  • Degree in Archaeology as a first preference, or Anthropology, History, Geology, Humanity
  • Past archaeological field work experience in archaeological investigations preferred
  • Knowledge of Chinese artefacts is highly beneficial
  • Fluent English and Cantonese
  • Enjoys working both outdoors and in an office setting
  • Additionally, we actively seek individuals who thrive in a team environment and adhere to the following:
  • You approach life and work with a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude
  • You are quick to grasp new ideas and see their application
  • You inspire, build trust with and enjoy supporting others
  • You readily adapt to changing situations and thrive on working on multiple projects simultaneously


See full listing here.

The Jewel of Muscat, now on display

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The Jewel of Muscat, a reconstruction of a 9th century shipwreck that was sent from Oman to Singapore last year has finally taken its place as the showpiece for the new Maritime Experiential Museum in Singapore. The Resorts World Sentosa blog has a post about the ship.

The Jewel of Muscat – sailing the seas
RWScoop, 28 October 2011
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Indonesian museums face the future

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14 September 2007 (Jakarta Post) – Two stories featuring the museums in Jakarta, both concerned with how to make museums more relevant for a future, different public.

Indonesian National Museum
Creative commons picture by superciliousness.

Museums ‘need a new funding scheme’ to grow in the future

A new funding scheme is needed to enable city-run museums to expand their preservation and promotional activities and to encourage more visitors to enjoy Indonesia’s cultural and heritage collections, an official said.

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Jungle gem

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1 April 2007 (St Louis Post-Despatch) – A travel feature on the sites of the Angkor Archaeological park, focusing on the Bayon and Ta Prohm. Tourists planning a visit to Angkor might get a tip or two from this firsthand account.

Jungle gem

The traffic at the South Gate was hectic. Pedestrians clogged the narrow bridge as motor scooters veered in and out, coming close but always just missing a startled tourist or two. Cabs, buses and minivans maneuvered through the gawkers, most with awestruck looks on their faces and cameras slung around their necks. But whether on foot or on wheels, everyone moved to the side to let the lumbering elephant caravans through.

It was a typical morning at Angkor Wat, the ancient capital of the Khmer kings in modern-day Cambodia and reportedly the largest religious monument in the world.

From one glance at the South Gate, we knew we were entering someplace very special and important. Leading to the portal, on both sides of the road, was a line of stone figures, each one clasping the body of the Naga, a long serpent, holding it in their grasp for eternity. The gate itself was imposing and ornate, with four faces of the Buddha smiling down on all those who entered. As we passed through the gate, monkeys scampered among the stones.

The South Gate is a majestic sight, one that prompts a sudden gasp and then a whispered “ohmigod” when first seen. Yet even so, it couldn’t quite prepare us for how vast and monumental Angkor Archeological Park is.

Related Books:
Angkor Cities and Temples by C. Jaques
Angkor: A Tour of the Monuments by T. Zephir and L. Invernizzi
The Treasures of Angkor: Cultural Travel Guide (Rizzoli Art Guide) by M. Albanese

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