via Bangkok Post, 19 and 20 September 2018: Residents in Phimai are protesting against the local Fine Arts Department head over plans to demarcate the entire municipality of Phimai as a historical site.
Villagers opposed to the declaration of Phimai municipality, with its iconic Khmer temple ruins, as a historical site rally in front of the local fine arts office, demanding the chief’s removal, on Tuesday.(Source: Prasit Tangprasert, Bangkok Post 20180919
The Fine Arts Department infuriated many residents in Phimai municipality when it announced earlier it would proceed with the redemarcation of the historical area because nobody had raised objections to the plan within the set 30-day period.
Many residents want only the Khmer temple ruins in Phimai Historical Park and the ancient ponds as a historical site, not the whole municipality.
The protestors say that becuse of Mr Jaruk they live “without confidence and feeling insecure” for fear of eviction, because the new, expanded historical site would include their land and property.
Source: Phimai residents seek official’s ouster in historical-site row | Bangkok Post: news ; Phimai locals step up site plan protest | Bangkok Post: news
via Bangkok Post, 18 September 2018: Thailand intends to nominate Si Thep as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Thailand is preparing to propose Sri Thep Historical Park in Phetchabun as a World Heritage Site, following on the footsteps of the 700-year-old city of Sukhothai and Ban Chiang archaeological site in Udon Thani.
Sri Thep Historical Park has been listed as a national archeological site since 1935.
The ancient city was once an important cultural centre in the region, spanning across parts of the lower north provinces of Thailand, including Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Tak, Sukhothai and Uttaradit.
Source: Sri Thep proposed as World Heritage Site | Bangkok Post: news
It’s back! The 3rd SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology will be held next year from 17-19 June 2019 (with optional site visits and workshops on 20-21). This time, the conference is jointly organised by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) and the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture, Thailand. Disclosure: SEAMEO SPAFA is my employer, and I am part of the organising committee of the conference.
Right now we are accepting proposals for sessions and also starting up a mailing list for conference announcements. For more information on either, please visit the official conference website: http://www.seameo-spafa.org/conference2019/
via The Nation, 12 September 2018: Chiang Mai prepares to be nominated for Unesco World Heritage Status.
THE CHIANG MAI World Heritage Working Group has completed its paperwork and is ready to make its submission this month to Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) to make Chiang Mai a world heritage city, Woralun Boonyasurat, head of the Thai Art Department at Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, said yesterday.
Source: Chiang Mai bids to become Thailand’s sixth protected site
via The Nation, 10 September 2018: The former home of Silpa Bhirasri, the Italian founder of Thailand’s Silpakorn University, is given a new lease on life.
Devoted Silpakorn students and alumni have tracked down and spruced up a former home of Silpa Bhirasri
Source: A rediscovered gem
via MGROnline, 04 September 2018: Research project by a team from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi to conduct 3D scanning of Thai archaeological ruins and materials conservation. Article is in Thai.
Source: MGROnline, 04 September 2018
Source: เผยฐานข้อมูลวิศวกรรม บูรณะโบราณสถานใกล้เคียงของเดิม
via Thairath, 03 September 2018: News reports of a 100-year-old steamship found in the waters of Rayong. The shipwreck is not a new discovery – but there are some interesting pictures of the finds. There is a particularly interesting account by a diver saying that no fisherman or diver go near the site for fear of the paranormal. The article is in Thai.
Rayong streamship window. Source: Ministry of Culture Thailand
Source: ตะลึง! นักโบราณคดี พบเรือกลไฟ 100 ปี จมใต้ทะเลระยอง
The Royal Golden Jubilee PhD programme is funded by the Royal Thai Government through the Thailand Research fund and is open to all ASEAN students for PhD study in Thailand. Closing date is 31 October 2018.
The Royal Golden Jubilee Ph.D. Programme is a prestigious scholarship scheme funded by the Thailand Research Fund under the Royal Thai government. The scheme was initiated in 1996 to increase the number of Ph.D. holders and enhance the quality and quantity of research for the sustainable development of the nation. RGJ provides students with full scholarship to pursue Ph.D. study in Thailand.Starting in 2017, students from ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei) can also apply for a full RGJ scholarship to pursue full-time doctoral studies in Thailand.
Source: SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ASEAN STUDENTS (RGJ –ASEAN) 2019 | RGJPHD
via Bangkok Post, 25 August 2018:
Cannon found in Sanam Luang. Source: Matichon 20180825
A cannon believed to be around 200 years old has been uncovered in the middle of Sanam Luang in Bangkok.
Thai media reported the cannon might have dated back to the reign of King Rama II (1809 to 1824). It is 3.05m long with a 40cm muzzle.
It was found on Saturday evening while workers were laying drainage pipes as part of the renovation of the ceremonial ground. They found it at the depth of 1.5m and used a backhoe to lift it out. All parts were intact except for the missing carriage.
Source: Ancient cannon found at Sanam Luang | Bangkok Post: news
Readers in Bangkok may be interested in this talk at the Siam Society on 30 August at 7.30 pm
The Protuket: the Thai-Portuguese Catholic Community, From Ayutthaya to Bangkok. A Talk by Miguel Castelo-Branco
The Portuguese are acknowledged as pioneers of Western relations with the Kingdom of Siam, dating back to the early years of the 16th century. The diplomatic alliance began in 1511, when Portugal sent a delegation to Siam during the reign of Rama Thibodi II, who ruled as King of Ayutthaya from 1491 to 1529. The Treaty of Friendship and Commerce, signed in 1518, is taken as the auspicious beginning for this alliance, which this year has been marked by numerous celebrations in both countries, attesting to 500 years of enduring friendship.
After the 1767 sacking of Ayutthaya, King Rama II (of the Rattanakosin period), facilitated the setting up of the first Portuguese consulate by granting land on the side of the Chao Phraya River. Over the centuries, relations between the two countries have grown in strength, particularly after King Chulalongkorn’s first visit to Portugal as part of his 1897 European tour.
Crucially, as well as allowing Portugal to set up a trading post in Ayutthaya, the 1518 Treaty also guaranteed religious freedom for the sizeable Portuguese community. Numerous Catholic churches in Bangkok attest to the legacy of Portuguese-Siamese relations and to the well-integrated nature of Portuguese descendants into Thai society.
Tonight’s lecture aims to offer a general understanding of what was, for over 300 years, a strategically fundamental group in balancing between Ayutthaya, Bangkok and the Western World.
More information here.