via Khaosod English, 28 September 2018: The (failed) Thai attempt to move Angkor Wat was briefly mentioned in a previous Instagram post, but here’s the full story according to Thai historian Santi Pakdeekham.
BANGKOK — Thailand is often accused by Cambodians of stealing their cultural heritage, from Khon to the Preah Vihear temple. But all these disputes pale in comparison to Thailand’s attempted theft of Angkor Wat.
Source: That Time Thailand Tried Moving Angkor Wat to Bangkok
Prof. Higham has asked me to highlight his published reply to The Nation’s report on the Ban Chiang lecture on 27 September 2018.
Re: “Special talk and seminars on the archaeology of Ban Chiang to commemorate 185 years of Thai-US diplomatic relations”, September 27, Foreign Ministry advertorial.
Your issue of September 27 included a report on a lecture delivered by Dr JC White on the archaeological site of Ban Chiang that contained two errors. It stated that Dr White was a member of the excavation team at Ban Chiang in 1974-5. I was, but she was not.
It also states that Ban Chiang was the centre of a Stone Age civilisation at around 5,000BC. As your article rightly notes, HM King Bhumibol asked during his visit to Ban Chiang if the human bones had been dated, and hearing that they had not, encouraged that this should be done. I have radiocarbon-dated the human bones from Ban Chiang. The earliest is about 1,500BC, not 5,000BC as stated.
Research professor, University of Otago, New Zealand
Source: Wrong date given for prehistoric Ban Chiang
via The Nation, 27 September 2018: This talk happened just before IPPA last week.
On the occasion of the 185th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Thailand and the United States, the Department of American and South Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, the Ban Chiang National Museum of the Department of Fine Arts, and the Department of Archaeology, Silpakorn University, in collaboration with the Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology (ISEAA), the United States of America, will organise activities to further promote Thai – US cooperation on the archaeology of Ban Chiang in Bangkok and UdonThani Province during 19 – 21 September 2018. Representatives from relevant government agencies, academics, students, professionals from tourism industry, media, and the general public are expected to attend.
Source: Special Talk and Seminars on the Archaeology of Ban Chiang to commemorate 185 years of Thai-US diplomatic relations
via The Nation, 25 September 2018: A worker was killed during the renovations of a 300-year-old temple tower in Bangkok.
An ancient bell tower collapsed during its restoration at a Bangkok temple shortly before noon on Tuesday, injuring 11 workers.
Source: Workers hurt as historic tower falls during restoration at Bangkok temple
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
- Chiang Mai World Heritage to File Submission to UNESCO (Chiang Mai City News, 14 Sep 2018)
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