Making changes to the blog

Dear readers, you might have noticed of late that I’ve been updating this blog a lot less frequenly that usual, and not because there is a lack of news. On the contrary, there is an ever-growing backlog of archaeology stories from Southeast Asia that I have yet to post, but it has been increasingly hard to keep up!

When I started this blog 10 (!) years ago the internet was a different place. Back then, I used this blog to manually index all the news stories about Southeast Asian archaeology. Today, news is much more easily shared through social media. Combined with my day job at SEAMEO SPAFA, which keeps me pretty busy in the work of promoting research, education and capacity building in Southeast Asian archaeology, I have had less time to attend to this site regularly and I find that many of the news stories I have saved to post for later have already been shared.

No, I’m not taking the website down – I believe the site is still a great information resource, and on a personal level it has been an endeavour I am proud of. But the times have changed, and the way I run this site must change too. For a start, I will post news stories through the Facebook page and Twitter account – this will make the news more timely and frequent. So I encourage you to follow me on those channels. For those who prefer not to use those Facebook or Twitter, I will also put up a Facebook window on this site so that you can read the news without having to be a member of Facebook.

The site itself will be updated with posts that are less time-sensitive, what I call slow posts, such as calls for papers and upcoming conference notifications. These kinds of posts often get lost in the unending stream of news but they need some time to digest and respond to. I will also continue to update the resources page on the website, and maybe post the occasional drone video when it relates to something archaeological.

Moving the bulk of the news posts to Facebook and Twitter will keep to the original spirit of the site as an archive of archaeology news from the region. I’m open to other suggestions on how to make this website more useful to you in the future – leave a comment below or email me. Thanks again for following the Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog, and I hope to see and interact with you on Facebook and Twitter.

The Southeast Asian Archaeology Facebook Group

SEAArch on Twitter

The Southeast Asian Archaeology Repository of Knowledge (SEA-ARK)

A new resource from the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre:

This resource page disseminates published and unpublished reports pertinent to the pursuit of Southeast Asian Archaeology. This includes:
(1) Rare, unpublished, and/or out of print research materials;
(2) Papers and/or research publications when given explicit permission by the authors;
(3) The translations of research summaries originally written in a Southeast Asian language into English.

View the resource here.

Google StreetView in Borobudur!

We have it with Angkor Wat, and now, Borobudur! Google Street View comes to Java’s amazing stupa and it’s a great way to visit (or re-visit) the reliefs on the temple.

Recording street view for Google. Source: Jakarta Post 20150929
Recording street view for Google. Source: Jakarta Post 20150929

A comprehensive trip to Borobudur from your couch
Jakarta Post, 29 September 2015

Giant search engine Google now makes it possible for globe travelers to experience the world’s wonders even before booking a tour package.

Launched on Sept. 27 across Google platforms — Google Maps, Street View and the Cultural Institute — users can access panoramic, 360-degree imagery of Borobudur Temple, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from their mobile devices.

In partnership with the Culture and Education Ministry, Tourism Ministry and the agency managing the maintenance of the temple and other heritage sites in the vicinity — PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan dan Ratu Boko — Google released a number of virtual tours of the site, located in the Central Java town of Magelang, a one hour drive from Yogyakarta.

Google Indonesia’s head of public policy and government relations Shinto Nugroho explained that Borobudur Temple was chosen to mark the digitalization of Indonesia’s heritage sites because it met a number of criteria.

“Borobudur Temple is a heritage site with amazing architecture and it’s also a main tourist destination,” she said at a launch event held at the temple compound, in conjunction with Google’s 17th anniversary.

Full story here.
Check out Street View here.

Website: The Cambodian Archaeological LIDAR Initiative

We’ve seen quite a few stories about the LIDAR imaging of Angkor that has revealed a host of new data about the urban sprawl of Angkor, and now the project is on to its second phase. You can read more about their effort on the website, the Cambodian Archaeological LIDAR Initiative.

The Cambodian Archaeological Lidar Initiative
The Cambodian Archaeological Lidar Initiative

Website link

The Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces

I had originally featured this website six years ago, but it’s had a (relatively) recent revamp that is worth highlighting here. The Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces brings together some amazing pieces from museums not just in Southeast Asia, but the rest of wider Asia.

Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces
Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces

The website was originally a project by the Asia Europe Museum Network, and has now grown to include contributions from 120 museums. Check out the virtual collection here, and also their Facebook page here.

Two websites: Tanah Datar Archaeological Project and NSC's Youtube playlist

Two websites to feature this afternoon that may be of interest. The first is the excavation blog of the ongoing work at Tanah Datar, in the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra. The excavation is jointly run by Universitas Indonesia and the Frei Universität Berlin. Work started this month and the blog will be updated until 8 April.

The Tanah Datar Archaeological Project

For those who like surfing on Youtube, the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre’s Archaeology Unit has compiled several playlists of videos related to archaeology in Southeast Asia, including the archaeology of Singapore, lecture series, and underwater archaeology. They’re always on the lookout for new videos, so if you have a suggestion, do let them know.

Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre Archaeology Unit’s Youtube Channel

These two websites will be indexed on the resources page, where you will find links to other sites related to Southeast Asian Archaeology.