Amid more demolishing, panel set up to evaluate Mahakan fort homes

The community at the Mahakan Fort continue to have their houses razed, but at the same time a panel has been set up to evaluate the historical value of some of the remaining houses. It looks futile at this stage, since even if the houses are preserved the living community has been actively destroyed?

A 10-member panel will be formed to look into the historical value of the remaining houses in the Mahakan Fort Community to determine whether they should be preserved, says a source close to City Hall.

Source: Panel to appraise Mahakan fort homes | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

Weekend festival for Ayutthaya anniversaries

To celebrate the 666th anniversary of Ayutthaya Kingdom, an old capital of Thailand, and the 25th anniversary of Ayutthaya as a Unesco World Heritage Site, numerous activities under the theme of “Development In Accordance With The Footsteps Of Phraya Boran Ratchathanin” will be held by the Fine Arts Department and several public and private agencies at the Chantharakasem National Museum in Ayutthaya until Sunday.

Source: Remembering Ayutthaya | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

Trespassing vendors ordered out of old temple | Bangkok Post: news

After years, the government has taken sterner measures to evict illegal vendors from the grounds of an Ayutthaya-period temple.

AYUTTHAYA – Owners of 163 vending stalls encroaching on the ancient temple of Wihan Luang Phor Phramongkhon Bobhit have been given until the end of this month to dismantle them and move out.

Source: Trespassing vendors ordered out of old temple | Bangkok Post: news

See also: Effort stepped up to expel vendors from World Heritage site

‘Insulting’ Thai palace soap opera angers Myanmar – BBC News

Worth noting because of the depictions of not-so-recent past, and also to raise awareness of historical sensitivities of Southeast Asian monarchies.

The drama appears to depict Burmese palace intrigue although producers say it is fictional.

Source: ‘Insulting’ Thai palace soap opera angers Myanmar – BBC News

See also: Thai soap angers family of Myanmar’s last king

New panel set up to adjudicate the Mahakan Fort community dispute

After uproar from multiple parties over the destruction of the community around the Mahakan Fort, a new panel has been set to determine the historic value of the remaining 24 houses.

Parties involved in settling the Mahakan Fort community land conflict appear to have gone back to square one as City Hall agreed yesterday to set up a new panel to handle the case.

Source: Mahakan Fort community row goes ‘back to square one’ | Bangkok Post: news

See Also: Old town communities leap to Mahakan Fort’s defence | Bangkok Post

Paper: Societal response to monsoonal fluctuations in NE Thailand during the demise of Angkor Civilisation

New paper published in The Holocene

This paper investigates the possible social responses to changes in the strength of the southwest monsoon in northeastern Thailand during the currency of the Angkor civilisation. These assessments are based on hydrogen and carbon isotope records of leaf waxes (δDwax and δ13Cwax) from a 2000-year-long wetland sequence of Pa Kho in northeastern Thailand, a region that formed the northern boundary of the Angkor Kingdom. Our data indicate anthropogenic flooding of the Pa Kho wetland through the control of water through dam construction from c. AD 1300 in response to the fluctuating strength of monsoon rains. δDwax, a proxy for regional hydroclimate variability, corroborates pre-existing evidence that increased summer monsoon rains, which supported the expansion of the agrarian economy, aided the rise of the Angkorian Empire whereas extreme drought contributed to its demise. Interestingly, our δDwax record shows already a gradual decreasing monsoon intensity from c. AD 1000 onwards, although Angkor’s prosperity reached its peak at c. AD 1200. We suggest that the complex hydrological system established under royal patronage at Angkor provided a resilient buffer against short-term monsoon fluctuations. The long-term decline in monsoon rains over a ~300-year period, combined with ongoing urbanisation, may have stretched the hydrological systems to their limit. We suggest that this was a major factor that contributed to the demise of Angkor in the mid-15th century.

Source: Societal response to monsoonal fluctuations in NE Thailand during the demise of Angkor CivilisationThe Holocene

Ancient pottery, Buddha head found buried in Chiang Rai

Workers repairing a small dam found anicent pottery and a large Buddha head in northern Thailand

CHIANG RAI – Ancient pottery and the large head of a Buddha statue have been found buried near a community weir in Muang district of this northern province.

Source: Ancient pottery, Buddha head found buried at weir | Bangkok Post: news

Ignoring expert advice, historic Bangkok house demolished

Despite designated at as a house of historic value by the administration itself, Bangkok City Hall proceeded with the demolition of a century-old house.

Mahakan Fort mourns loss of century-old house

Source: Mahakan Fort mourns loss of century-old house | Bangkok Post: news

See also: Bangkok pushes ahead with city’s facelift

Demolition of houses near historic Bangkok Fort

Despite appeals to their architectural value, the Bangkok administration proceeds with the demolishing of houses near a historic fort in Bangkok.

City Hall’s new demolition plan will put at risk houses featuring the Rama IX architectural style in Mahakan Fort Community, experts said on Saturday.

Source: Mahakan Fort’s historic houses to be demolished | Bangkok Post: news

See also: City Hall readies Mahakan demolition

Thai artefacts going home

Exciting news about the return of artefacts from Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawaii to Thailand, via ISEAA

Repatriation News!! The Department of Anthropology of the University of Hawai´i at Mānoa reports (drum roll…) all of…

Posted by Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology – ISEAA on Wednesday, 1 March 2017