Franco-Myanmar archaeological project collaborates in first SE Asian ancient DNA study

via Mizzima, 21 June 2018:

The Franco-Myanmar archaeological cooperation project recently participated in the first ever whole-genome study of ancient Southeast Asian human DNA.

Source: Franco-Myanmar archaeological project collaborates in first SE Asian ancient DNA study

Survey of Bagan soil stability ongoing: official

via Myanmar Times, 19 June 2018:

Experts have finished measurements of the subgrade stability of the soil in Nan Taw Yaw in the Bagan ancient cultural zone, said U Saw Htwe Zaw, deputy chair of the Myanmar Earthquake Committee, on Monday.

Source: Survey of Bagan soil stability ongoing: official

Residents threaten Mandalay for ignoring Bagan

via Myanmar Times, 08 June 2018:

Bagan residents on Thursday threatened to file a complaint against the Mandalay regional government with the Anti-Corruption Commission if it ignore their plea to protect the city’s ancient cultural heritage.

Source: Residents threaten Mandalay for ignoring Bagan

[Paper] Ancient genomes document multiple waves of migration in Southeast Asian prehistory

A paper published in Science analyses the genomes of ancient Southeast Asian DNA and detected three distinct waves of migration into Southeast Asia beginning with hunter-gatherers around 45,000 years ago, followed by the Neolithic and the introduction of agricultural practices some 4,500 years ago, and a migration associated with the Bronze age, which reached Myanmar 3,000 years ago, Vietnam 2,000 years ago and Thailand in the last 1,000 years.

Ancient genomes document multiple waves of migration in Southeast Asian prehistory
Science 17 May 2018:
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat3188

Southeast Asia is home to rich human genetic and linguistic diversity, but the details of past population movements in the region are not well known. Here, we report genome-wide ancient DNA data from eighteen Southeast Asian individuals spanning from the Neolithic period through the Iron Age (4100–1700 years ago). Early farmers from Man Bac in Vietnam exhibit a mixture of East Asian (southern Chinese agriculturalist) and deeply diverged eastern Eurasian (hunter-gatherer) ancestry characteristic of Austroasiatic speakers, with similar ancestry as far south as Indonesia providing evidence for an expansive initial spread of Austroasiatic languages. By the Bronze Age, in a parallel pattern to Europe, sites in Vietnam and Myanmar show close connections to present-day majority groups, reflecting substantial additional influxes of migrants.

Source: Ancient genomes document multiple waves of migration in Southeast Asian prehistory | Science

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Construction of viewing mounds to go on at ancient Bagan Lake

via Myanmar Times, 23 April 2018: Not everyone is in agreement that the viewing mounds are a good thing.

The construction of man-made mounds around a 13th century lake in ancient Bagan will continue despite concerns they destroy the scenery of the area, officials said.

Source: Construction of viewing mounds to go on at ancient Bagan Lake

It’s World Heritage Day – Check out 3D scans of some of the world’s most famous ancient monuments in Google Arts & Culture’s Open Heritage

Today (April 18) is World Heritage Day, and technology company CyArk in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture have just launched the website Open Heritage. The site contains 3D scans of ancient monuments from 27 sites from around the world, including Bagan in Myanmar and Ayutthaya in Thailand!

CyArk’s data has already been used for various research purposes. For example, the data collected at Ayutthaya, Thailand—one of the sites featured in Open Heritage—was used by conservators to study the sinking of a temple after flooding in 2011. CyArk’s work at Bagan, the ancient city in Myanmar, Bagan, which was hit with a devastating 6.8-magnitude earthquake in 2016 that caused damage to several of its Buddhist temples, was incorporated into an Unesco pilot project to study how to best conserve monuments. That data is also plugged into Open Heritage in a virtual tour of Bagan, which shows how the area looked before and after the earthquake hit.

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