A 1,000-year-old petroglyph site in Northern Vietnam has been recognised as a national relic, the second such site to be done so.
Second ancient stone ground recognised as national relic
Vietnam Net Bridge, 14 April 2008
The Malaysian campus of the University of Nottingham is offering a four-day workshop on rock art in the Kuala Lumpur. Click on the image to download a brochure.
Pang Ma Pha district, in the Mae Hong Son province of Thailand is benefiting from a grant by the US government to support an archaeological research project focusing on the local caves. The project is run by Dr. Rasmi Shoocongdej from Silpakorn University.
I heard Dr. Shoocongdej presenting her Mae Hong Son work at a conference last year. Unlike most archaeological projects, this one really involved the community in managing the site, to the extent of teaching school kids about the prehistory of the region, as well as training guides within the community to help boost local tourism work. It’s a fine example of community archaeology.
photo credit: Michael Scalet
Preserving the Past
Bangkok Post, 04 March 2008
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The Shumla (Studying Human Use of Materials, Land, and Art), a centre for rock art research based in Texas, recently made a trip to Thailand to see some of the rock art there. Rock art is one of the least understood pieces of material culture in Southeast Asia, and in this region is given a cursory, by-the-way mention in texts. Rock art in Thailand is clustered around the northeast and along the peninsula.
Shumla sends Texas to Thailand for rock art research
Southwest Texas live, 21 February 2008
If youâ€™re in the area, KaalaChakra: The Wheel of Time is a current exhibition at the National Library of Singapore showcasing the influence of Indian culture into ancient Southeast Asia. With the kind permission of the National Library Board, SEAArch brings you highlights from this fascinating exhibition.
The term â€˜Indianizationâ€™ was coined in the early 20th century and was seen as a cultural colonization of Southeast Asia â€“ the idea was that Indian princes and merchants would set up colonies and trading posts in Southeast Asia (notably, Suvarnabhumi and Suvarnadvipa) in their desire to build trade with China. In doing so â€œconvertedâ€ local populations into their Indian way of life and religion. Yes, the theory sounds awfully colonial in its thinking, and it fed to another underlying assumption that Southeast Asia was an archaeological backwater compared to the great civilisations of India and China.
4 Decemeber 2006 (The Star) – A local conducts tours to Malaysia’s biggest rock art site, which is in danger of erosion due to inadequate protection.
Gua Tambun rediscovered
Gua Tambun may have 3,000-year-old cave drawings of humans and prancing deers but some Malaysians are now only “discovering” the cave here.
Since May, business consultant Cae Hiew, 29, has been spending his Sunday mornings guiding the public to the almost hidden cave.
A check showed that the concrete steps were overgrown with weeds and leaves and that a signboard put up by the Museums Department had also been defaced.
Those interested in visiting Gua Tambun can meet Hiew at the Makro Hypermarket parking lot here at 10am every Sunday. Hiew can be contacted at 012-511 8116.
20 September 2006 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – This article has made me change my “cave drawings” category to “Cave Art / Rock Art”.
How artists view Sapaâ€™s ancient rock carvings
Artistic interpretations of the strange rock carvings around Sapa are the theme of a photographic exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Institute, the Southeast Prehistory Center and the Lao Cai Department of Culture and Information at the Hanoi University of Fine Arts until the end of September.
27 May 2006 (The Star) –
Prehistoric drawings risk being lost
Prehistoric drawings and inscriptions in more than 15 caves might be defaced due to lack of efforts to protect them, said National Museum archaeologist Sanim Ahmad.
He said the prehistoric drawings found on the walls of the Tambun Cave near Ipoh were so badly-damaged or smeared by graffiti that they were hardly-visible now.