History Museum reveals secrets from Lung Leng

5 May 2006 (Vietnam News Agency)

History Museum reveals secrets from Lung Leng

The National Museum of Vietnamese History is opening an exhibition on May 5 titled Bi Mat Tu Lung Leng (Secrets from Lung Leng) featuring items excavated from the Lung Leng archeological site in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum.

Museum publishes book on rare coins

Book on rare coins published by the National Museum of Vietnamese History.

10 May 2006 (Viet Nam News) – Book on rare coins published by the National Museum of Vietnamese History.

Museum publishes book on rare coins

The book, Treasure of Dai Viet Ancient Coins, introduces Nguyen Dinh Su’s collection, which is assessed as the greatest collection of ancient coins in the country. The collection contains coins circulated about 2,000 years ago

Java Man's First Tools

Preliminary report on new findings on the Java Man that will put associated tool findings as one of the oldest outside of Africa.

21 Apr 2006 (Science) -Preliminary report on new findings on the Java Man that will put associated tool findings as one of the oldest outside of Africa.

Java Man’s First Tools

In 1998, Widianto found stone flakes in the 800,000-year-old Grenzbank layer at Sangiran, whose well-plumbed sediments reach back 2 million years. Then in September 2004, his team struck gold in a layer dated by extrapolation from the rocks around it to 1.2 million years ago. Over 2 months, they unearthed 220 flakes–several centimeters long, primarily made of chalcedony, and ranging in color from beige to blood red–in a 3-by-3-meter section of sand deposited by an ancient river.


Related Books:
Java Man by G. H. Curtis
Java Man by R. Levin, G. H. Curtis, C. Swisher
Java Man: How Two Geologists Changed Our Understanding of Human Evolution by R. Levin, G. H. Curtis, C. Swisher

Central province's ancient stone musical instruments may be exhibited abroad

10 May 2006 (Nhan Dan) – Very short story, with related links on Vietnamese stone instruments.

Central province’s ancient stone musical instruments may be exhibited abroad

The authorities of the central province of Phu Yen was asked to bring two ancient stone musical instruments to an exhibition of the world’s rare stone objects, to be held at the [tag]National Museum of Belgium[/tag].

Artefacts found at 100-year-old temple

8 May 2006 (The Star) –

Artefacts found at 100-year-old temple

Century-old artefacts have been uncovered during digging works at the 100-year-old Da Seng Ngan Temple here.

Ipoh Benevolent Society chairman Loke Yee Fatt said among them were copper statues of the Buddha, porcelain statues of Kuan Kong (God of War), urns, candleholders and chinaware.

Sculpture of Angkor and Ancient Cambodia

The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC has a detailed virtual tour of their Sculpture of Angkor and Ancient Cambodia exhibition. Using VR technology, take a walk through the galleries and click on specific artefacts to get a closer look. You can’t get a really close look, but it’s a good tour to take in the lunchtime.

Although exhibited nine years ago (1997), the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC has a detailed virtual tour of their Sculpture of Angkor and Ancient Cambodia exhibition. Using VR technology, take a walk through the galleries and click on specific artefacts to get a closer look. You can’t get a really close look, but it’s a good tour to take in the lunchtime.

Related Books:
Apsarases at Angkor Wat, in Indian context by K. M. Srivastava
Khmer Sculpture and the Angkor Civilization by M. Giteau

Excavations at Palmer Road / Wang Hai Da Bo Gong Temple

The Palmer Road excavation was something I was involved in earlier this year and the site report can be downloaded from the www.seaarchaeology.com.

I was alerted to this from yesterday.sg – The Palmer Road excavation was something I was involved in earlier this year and the site report can be downloaded from the www.seaarchaeology.com. (See if you can find the unglamourous shot of me scooping water out of the flooded pit and my name in the field crew list!)

The present site of Foot Tet Soo Khek Temple on Palmer Road, sits at the foot of remnants of Mount Palmer where a former colonial military fortification (Fort Palmer c.1859-1915) was once sited. The temple is believed to be one of the earliest Chinese immigrant temples established in Singapore and is certainly the oldest Hakka institution on the island. Unverified anecdotal accounts claim the temple to pre-date the arrival of Raffles. The existing structure dates back to the mid 19th century, and the earliest known record of the temple was depicted in a 1844 map as a “Joss House”.

Two WWII 'human torpedoes' believed to be lying off Phuket

Possible WWII British manned torpedoes to be investigated in Phuket.

6 May 2006 (The Nation) – Possible WWII British manned torpedoes to be investigated in Phuket.

Two WWII ‘human torpedoes’ believed to be lying off Phuket

A Phuket marine-supply company is seeking permission to salvage what it believes are two British “human torpedoes” that have been lying in the sea near Phuket since World War II, the governor of Phuket said yesterday.

Manned torpedoes were secret naval weapons commissioned during World War II.

The British versions were electrically propelled mini-submarines with two crewmen equipped with diving suits riding astride.

Ethnic use of Chinese jars

Feature on the “Odyssey: From China to the Ulu” at the Sarawak Museum.

13 April 2006 (The Star) – Feature on the “Odyssey: From China to the Ulu” at the Sarawak Museum.

Ethnic use of Chinese jars

The exhibition, “Ceramic Odyssey: From China to the Ulu” features nearly 100 pieces of Chinese ceramics from the museum’s extensive collection in a thematic display based on their uses by various local communities.

A traditional death ritual of the Melanau was placing blue and white Qing plates under the head, shoulders, feet and hands of the deceased.

Vietbooks announces 10 more records in Vietnamese Buddhism

A listing of 10 Vietnamese Buddhist treasures that have been recognised to mark the 2550th birthday celebration of Lord Buddha.

5 May 2006 (Thanh Nien Daily) – A listing of 10 Vietnamese Buddhist treasures that have been recognised to mark the 2550th birthday celebration of Lord Buddha.

Vietbooks announces 10 more records in Vietnamese Buddhism

The Vietnam Guinness Book Center (Vietbooks) has recognized ten more records of Vietnamese Buddhism, most of which have a cultural aspect and a lengthy history.

1. The most ancient pagoda
2. The pagoda with the most distinguished architecture
3. The pagoda storing the greatest number of artistic Buddhist statues
4. The largest Buddha stone statue built under the Ly Dynasty
5. The largest thousand-handed and thousand-eyed Guanyin wooden statue
6. The oldest thousand-handed and thousand-eyed Guanyin
7. The tallest and heaviest Sakyamuni Buddha bronze statue
8. The largest bell
9. The oldest bell
10. The largest Nhu Y ball


Related Books:
Hindu-Buddhist Art Of Vietnam: Treasures From Champa by E. Guillon