The state archaeologists of Uttar Pradesh announce their intention to trace and document sites along the route taken by Buddha’s disciples, through Southeast Asian countries like Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam.
15 June 2006 (ExpressIndia) – The state archaeologists of Uttar Pradesh announce their intention to trace and document sites along the route taken by Buddha’s disciples, through Southeast Asian countries like Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Trailing the footsteps of Buddhaâ€™s disciples
Which is why, the stateâ€™s archeology department has finally decided to track the route taken by Buddhaâ€™s disciplesâ€”Kumar Jeev, Kashyap and Matangâ€” to spread his message of peace and harmony. The department will not only follow the land route, but also document the spots that retain their footsteps.
The project, titled â€œThe Buddha Sandesh Yatraâ€, will span 11 countries. Beginning from Sarnath, the team will travel to Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Afganistan, Pakistan and Tibet.
Artifact trade, ceramics, Philip Greco, weaponry, looting
14 June 2006 (The Star Online) – A feature on the archaelogical features of Bujang Valley in Kedah, Malaysia.
Cradle of an early civilisation
The Bujang Valley in Kedah was the bustling centre of a rich and prosperous kingdom between the third and 12th century AD.
It was then known as Nusantara, a Sanskrit word which means â€˜seat of all felicities.â€™
The area, which was also called Bujanga or â€˜Valley of the Serpentâ€™ was Southeast Asiaâ€™s central trading entreport which dealt with cargo brought by Arab, Chinese, Indian as well as maritime traders from the Malay archipelago.
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Report on restoration works of a 150-year-old fort in Matang, Perak.
5 June 2006 (New Straits Times) – Report on restoration works of a 150-year-old fort in Matang, Perak.
Restoring Ngah Ibrahim’s fort
The restoration of the 150-year-old fort in Matang built by Tengku Menteri Ngah Ibrahim, the richest Malay aristocrat of his time, is nearly complete.
The bad news is that the last leg of the restoration, the reconstruction of the fortâ€™s two large watchtowers, is likely to be tricky.
Museums Departmentâ€™s assistant curator Osman Kassim, who has been supervising the restoration and conservation of the fort since 2001, said the absence of data on the original shape and layout of two towers was hindering reconstruction.
On a trip to Malaysia, we drove into the green Bujang Valley in Kedah, the oldest State in Malaysia. And we learnt that it is recognised as the oldest State because foreign sailors set up an ancient trading settlement there in the Fifth Century A.D. These “foreign sailors” were Tamils, subjects of the Pallavas. But the Bujang Valley had been mentioned in a Tamil poem, “Pattanopolai”, as far back as the Second or Third Century A.D. There, the Bujang Valley is called Kalagan, which philologists claim eventually gave rise to the modern-day Kedah.
All this, and much more, is given in great detail in the well-appointed Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum at Bukit Batu Pahat. The Museum, in thick rain forests, is backed by the Kedah Peak, now known as Gunung Jerai and towering to a height of 2,100 metres above the flat hinterland plains of the Straits of Malacca. According to historian Dato James F. Augustin: “Pallava traders from India’s Coromandel Coast began to explore the eastern coast of the Bay of Bengal in search of spices, sandalwood, ivory, gold and tin.”
Caves of Malaysia is run by Liz Price, a speleologist and is a great resource to the caves in Malaysia, not just for archaeology but for geological, floral and faunal value too.
I came across this site while cross-referencing web sources for the defaced cave art post uploaded a few days ago. Caves of Malaysia is run by Liz Price, a speleologist and is a great resource to the caves in Malaysia, not just for archaeology but for geological, floral and faunal value too. It’s added on the permanent links collection.
19 June 2006 (Jakarta Post) – I had not known that the Keris has been declared a world heritage item.
Bentara Budaya hosts keris lovers
More than 500 krises, or kerises as they are locally known, are on display at the Bentara Budaya Jakarta until June 23.
The 10-day exhibition showcases traditional daggers up to 500 years old from a number of private collectors across the country. It also features the work of modern kris makers, or empu, such as Sukamdi, Subandi, Yanto and Yantono.
19 May 2006 (Daily Express) – Archaeological potential in Sabah?
Unearth facts on Sabah: CM
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman urged researchers and historians to conduct more studies and research to unearth as many facts as possible on the early history of Borneo, particularly Sabah.
Musa was made to understand that the UMS History Programme had been doing research related to the Sabah and Sarawak history resulting in many new findings being made.
Among them were the existences of the Marudu ancient government, Sharif Rum Sharif Osman rule, Raja Tua Brunei, early maritime trade in northern Sabah and findings of several thousand year old settlements.