Bangkok Post, 21 April 2017
Villagers in Thailand’s Nakhon Sawan province attempt to revive an abandoned temple
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.
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.
The Myanmar Department of Archaeology and National Museum reports the upcoming completion of repairs 224 temples in Bagan damaged by last year’s earthquake, and repairs to another 50 to begin after the new year.
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.
Despite appeals to their architectural value, the Bangkok administration proceeds with the demolishing of houses near a historic fort in Bangkok.
See also: City Hall readies Mahakan demolition
Archaeologists turn their attention to a mysterious massive staircase on Phnom Kulen, thought to be constructed in Angkoran times.
On August 24, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit central Myanmar, which affected over 400 of the temples in Bagan causing structural damage and collapse in some cases. There were relatively little human fatalities, fortunately.
Myanmar earthquake kills three, damages scores of ancient temples [Link no longer active]
Channel NewsAsia, 24 August 2016
Myanmar earthquake: One dead and temples damaged
BBC, 24 August 2016
Myanmar Quake Damages at Least 185 Bagan Pagodas
AP, via Wall Street Journal, 24 August 2016
Myanmar earthquake harms pagodas in ancient city of Bagan
NewsNation, 24 August 2016
Powerful quake kills at least three, damages Bagan pagodas
Myanmar Times, 25 August 2016
Famous Bagan pagodas damaged
AFP, via The Tribune, 25 August 2016
Myanmar earthquake: Images from Bagan historic sites
BBC, 25 August 2016
Bagan After the Quake: Concerns Over Manhandling of Debris
The Irrawady, 25 August 2016
Myanmar Earthquake Damages Bagan Temples [Link no longer active]
AP, via US News, 25 August 2016
Than Zaw Oo: ‘A Natural Disaster Can’t Devalue Bagan’s Heritage’
The Irrawady, 25 August 2016
Myanmar President Visits Bagan to Survey Quake-Damaged Pagodas
RFA, via Malaysia Sun, 26 August 2016
Research teams assesses Bagan damage
The Nation, 26 August 2016
Don’t rush Bagan fixes: state counsellor
Myanmar Times, 26 August 2016
Quake destroys Bagan murals
Eleven Myanmar, 28 August 2016
Myanmar Earthquake Rattles Temples of Bagan
Artnet News, 29 August 2016
Nearly 400 Bagan pagodas damaged by earthquake: govt
Myanmar Times, 29 August 2016
Volunteers in Bagan Trained in Earthquake Recovery
The Irrawady, 29 August 2016
Damaged pagodas covered in quake-hit Bagan
Myanmar Times, 01 September 2016
Volunteers Help Rebuild Bagan
Myanmore, 02 September 2016
Bagan earthquake: Is there a silver lining for Myanmar?
BBC, 08 September 2016
Prohibited Bagan pagodas named
Eleven Myanmar, 09 September 2016
The Trouble With Temple Restoration in Myanmar
The Diplomat, 26 September 2016
Two Temples in Bagan Collapse Two Months After Earthquake
The Irrawady, 27 October 2016
Dating of metal fixings in the architecture at the Baphuon temple in Angkor Thom have led researchers to conclude that it was built as the mountain temple of King Suryavarman I who reigned in the 11th century.
Metal Findings Give New Perspective on Angkorian History
Cambodia Daily, 20 June 2016
One thing that set Suryavarman I apart from other great kings—to the puzzlement of historians and archaeologists—was that he did not seem to have erected his own mountain temple: Jayavarman V built Ta Keo in the 10th century, Suryavarman II Angkor Wat in the early 12th century and Jayavarman VII the Bayon in the late 12th century.
But that mystery seems to have been solved thanks to cutting-edge research into the iron used to build the Baphuon temple, the second largest structure in Angkor Archaelogical Park after Angkor Wat.
This three-tiered pyramid was the monument that Suryavarman I built, according to carbon-dating of the metal used to hold the temple together.
“It’s very strange that a king with that amount of influence and power didn’t build himself anything in Angkor,” said archaeologist Mitch Hendrickson of the University of Illinois at Chicago, who headed the research team along with archaeometallurgist Stephanie Leroy of the Archaeomaterials and Alteration Prediction Laboratory in France.
Full story here.