via Myanmar Times, 15 August 2018: Garden construction in Bagan temples may potentially affect the bid to nominate them into the World Heritage register. This adds to the number of issues previously highlighted in the nomination of Bagan with modern constructions (such as here and here).
Bagan authorities are planning to build 17 gardens inside the compounds of well-known pagodas, but a local UNESCO official expressed concern the move could affect Bagan’s bid to be declared a world heritage site.
Source: Gardens might affect Bagan UNESCO bid
Directing your attention to the Myanmar Archaeology Association website (which will be also linked in the Resources page).
Myanmar Archaeology Association was founded on December 11.2013 by the alumni group of Archaeology. Myanmar Archaeology Association become certified official association at 2017. It was oriented to proceed the archaeological research works, protection and preservation of cultural heritage, educational purpose of cultural heritage knowledge and to make chance for the public to be able to participate in cultural heritage issues. Myanmar Archaeology Association was decided to be exist to fill the gap between NGOs, concerning cultural heritage issues and governmental sector including the academic institutions such as universities and schools. It will continue to proceed for the archaeological researches, field works and to support the public awareness to get further knowledge about cultural heritage and cultural heritage management.
Check out the Myanmar Archaeology Association website here.
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
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
via The Irrawaddy, 08 June 2018:
Bagan Civil Group Demands Government Take Action Over Ancient Temples on Hotel Grounds
Source: Bagan Civil Group Demands Official Action Over Ancient Temples on Hotel Grounds
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
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:
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
via Frontier Myanmar, 29 April 2018:
As UNESCO prepares to decide on the ancient site’s status as a World Heritage destination, conservation efforts would benefit from a unified approach that includes the myriad actors involved.
Source: A unified approach in repairing Bagan
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
via The Irrawaddy, 19 April 2018:
At nearly 80 percent complete, the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library aims to finish the renovations by 2020.
Source: Bagan Renovations Nearly Complete Following 2016 Earthquake