2,500 year-old jars unearthed

This is another set of 2,500-year-old burial jars, this time found at Hue City.

30 September 2006 (Viet Nam News) – This is another set of 2,500-year-old burial jars, this time found at Hue City.

2,500 year-old jars unearthed

HUE CITY — Archaeologists have just finished their three-week excavation to unearth 30 jar tombs from a resident’s garden in Hue City.

The ground is owned by Nguyen Cong Man, who discovered the objects while digging up dirt to plant trees one month ago. He informed city authorities who permitted the excavation project in Phu O Village, Huong Chu Commune of the city’s Huong Tra District.

Vietnam boasts archeological finds

1 October 2006 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – Unfortunately, they don’t say where the venue of the conference was or its name…

Vietnam Net Bridge, 1 Oct 2006

Vietnam boasts archeological finds

An archaeology conference with 100 scientists participating opened in Ha Noi on September 28 to present 456 scientific archeological reports on a slew of new finds in a range of different categories.

This year’s conference will present reports from various fields such as stone archaeology (from 12 excavations), metal archaeology (from eight excavations), historical archaeology (from 12 excavations) and Champa-Oc Eo archaeology (from five reports on several large excavations).


Related Books:
Art & Archaeology of Fu Nan by J. C. Khoo
The Art of Champa by J. Hubert

Ancient burial urns found in central Vietnam

29 September 2006 (Thanh Nien News)

Thanh Nien News, 29 Sep 2006

Ancient burial urns found in central Vietnam

Archaeologists have discovered 30 burial jars belonging to the 2,500-year-old Sa Huynh civilization in central Vietnam.

The graves together with many artifacts were unearthed at the Con Dai archaeological site in Thua Thua-Hue province’s Huong Tra district.

Apsara dancers of Angkor

23 September 2006 (The Star)

The Star, 23 Sep 2006
Apsara dancers of Angkor

I was surrounded by apsara everywhere I turned. They were on walls and pillars, lintels and window frames. An apsara has been variously described as a female divinity, a heavenly dancer and a celestial nymph. An apsara is skilled in dance and music, and said to be irresistible to men. Although they were all carved in stone, I observed that each apsara showed slightly different characteristics, either in facial expression, pose or costume and adornments. I was fascinated by the headdresses and trinkets worn by the dancers and noticed that they had ears stretched by heavy earrings. Elongated ear lobes remind one of Lord Buddha. All the apsaras were presented bare-breasted and they were generously endowed. I think some visitors have not been able to resist rubbing and touching the sculptures because certain parts of the anatomy of a few of these sculptures have been rubbed almost black. Fortunately such vandalism and disrespectful behaviour is not widespread.


Related Books:
Images of the Gods: Khmer Mythology in Cambodia, Laos & Thailand by V. Roveda
Narrative Sculpture and Literary Traditions in South and Southeast Asia (Studies in Asian Art and Archaeology) by J. Fontein and M. J. Klokke (Eds)
Apsarases at Angkor Wat, in Indian context by K. M. Srivastava

First private museum opens in Vietnam

First private museum showcasing artefacts from ancient Vietnam is opened.

21 September 2006 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – First private museum showcasing artefacts from ancient Vietnam is opened.

First private museum opens

The Hoang Long Artifacts Museum in the central province of Thanh Hoa is owned by Hoang Van Thong, who has zoned off 500 sq.m of his own land to establish the first ever private museum in Vietnam. The exhibits range from earthenware from the Dong Son culture in the Bronze Age (from 1000 to 1 BC) and farming tools, weapons, household utensils and personal decorations and antique ceramics from the Ly, Tran and Le dynasties from the late 10th century to the late 18th century.


Related Books:
Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells

Archaeology beneath the Sea

For anyone interested in maritime archaeology of the Philippines, AND happen to be at the Australian National University in Canberra, you might want to catch the public lecture by Dr. Eusebio Dizon of the National Museum in Manila, Philippines.

Public Lecture
Archaeology Beneath the Sea: Shipwrecks & Their Cargos in the Philippines

For more than 20 years, the National Museum of the Philippines has been conducting underwater archaeology in Philippine waters with international collaborators. The shipwrecks uncovered include the fifteenth century [tag]Pandanan wreck[/tag], with its cargo of Chinese ceramics, which was accidentally discovered by a pearl farm diver off the coast of Pandanan Island in the southern Philippines. Another key discovery has been the wreck of the San Diego, a Spanish warship that sank off the waters of Fortune Island during a battle with a Dutch ship, the Mauritius in 1600.

Dr Eusebio Dizon is Head of the Underwater Archaeology Section and Curator I in the Archaeology Division, National Museum, Manila, Philippines. He has undertaken extensive fieldwork in both land and underwater archaeological exploration and excavation in the Philippines, United States, India and Southeast Asia.

Dr Dizon is also a Director of the Archaeological Studies Program in the University of the Philippines and a Professorial Lecturer at Ateneo de Manila and Santo Tomas Universities. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.

Presented by the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Details:
Speaker/Host:ANU-Toyota Public Lecture Series 2006
Venue:Lecture Theatre 3, Manning Clark Centre, Union Court, ANU
Date:Thursday, 28 September 2006
Time:6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Enquiries:Diane Whitehead on 6125 4144


Related Books:
Lost at Sea: The Strange Route of the Lena Shoal Junk
Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells

History Lost in Cagayan de Oro

A commentary by Heritage Conservation Advocates (HCA) in the Philippines about the state of archaeological looting there. Incidentally, I’ve been to Cagayan de Oro as a kid, where I was staying with some family friends at the Del Monte pineapple processing factory.

21 September 2006 (Minda News) – A commentary by Heritage Conservation Advocates (HCA) in the Philippines about the state of archaeological looting there. Incidentally, I’ve been to Cagayan de Oro as a kid, where I was staying with some family friends at the Del Monte pineapple processing factory.

COMMENTARY: History Lost in Cagayan de Oro

Archaeological looting in the Philippines is quite common: Three hundred years of Spanish rule and 40 years of American occupation have created a population largely apathetic to its roots. Widespread poverty and stories about alleged treasures buried by Japanese soldiers during the Second World War have prodded many people to take anything of perceived value from caves and other sites.

This condition has made archaeological work in the Philippines frustrating. Archaeology to most people is a vague occupation, and archaeologists are sometimes suspected as treasure hunters. Their presence in an area may cause looting instead of protection of fossils and relics. When archaeologists leave a site after hours of painstakingly slow scraping, they might find in the morning that their carefully made plot has turned into an ugly, gaping hole.

Tourism official proposes elephant ban at Angkor

First it’s the dogs! Now it’s the elephants! Oh, will this repression of our animal friends never end…

20 September 2006 (People’s Daily) – First it’s the dogs! Now it’s the elephants! Oh, will this repression of our animal friends never end…

Tourism official proposes elephant ban at Angkor

A tourism official proposed to prohibit elephants from entering Cambodia’s Angkor Park, right after the government enforced a ban of dog at the heritage last week to ensure its peace and cleanness, local media said on Wednesday.

Moeung Sonn, managing director of Eurasie Travel and president of the National Association of Tourism Enterprises, was quoted by the Cambodia Daily as saying that the pachyderms carrying visitors to the temples might be a hazard to the daily 2,000 to 3,000 walking tourists who went to the nearby mountain to watch the sunset.

The elephants were too heavy, which underlined disasters for the tourists who used the same paths with them, he said.

How artists view Sapa’s ancient rock carvings

20 September 2006 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – This article has made me change my “cave drawings” category to “Cave Art / Rock Art”.

Vietnam Net Bridge, 20 Sep 2006

How artists view Sapa’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.

Valuable artefacts found in Thua Thien-Hue

19 September 2006 (VietNam Net Bridge)

Valuable artefacts found in Thua Thien-Hue

Archaeologists have discovered more than 10 common graves with many agate balls and other artefacts in the Con Dai archaeological site, Huong Chu commune, Huong Tra district, Thua Thien-Hue province.
According to the archaeologists, the newly excavated graves and artefacts at the site belong to the Sa Huynh culture which dates back over 2,000 year . They provide further evidence that an Early Metal Age culture once existed in Thua Thien-Hue.