Richard Bammer of the Reporter visits three Southeast Asian Museums – The Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi, The Angkor National Museum in Siem Reap, and the National Museum Bangkok and contrasts the state of artefacts there.
This week’s edition of Rojak has a Cambodian focus featuring replica temples, the Angkor National Museum, and the latest in Cambodian Studies.
The Thai-owned Angkor National Museum is off to a rocky start, as the Phnom Penh Post discovers, in the wake of critical reviews since its opening in June.
The International Herald Tribune writes about the newly-opened National Angkor Museum that has drawn criticism for not being really “national” (as it is Thai-owned) or “Angkor” (contains mainly pre-Angkorian relics).
A new museum puts a Thai imprint on Angkor
International Herald Tribune, 02 July 2008
We’ve got a number of features in this week’s Rojak, we take a look at some Cambodian museums, remember the passing of an Indonesian paleontologist and review the early states of Southeast Asia.
- The Chicago Reader has an article on Ty Tim, an archivist at the Cambodian American Heritage Museum.
- Andy Brouwer blogs about the new Angkor National Museum that is opening in December.
- Tokyohead has an excellent series of pictures and posts about the various temples of Angkor, like this one on Bantaey Srei, or the Citadel of Women.
- Learn about the Cambodian Silkworm Festival, held during the day of the full moon in September from the Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles
- In the regular Indonesians in Focus series, Barrie from Planet Mole posts an obituary of preeminent Indonesian paleontologist Teuku Jacob, one of the most vocal critics to the homo floresiensis-as-a-new species theory.
- Paul K. Manansala gives us an overview of the Early States in Southeast Asia.
In this series of weekly rojaks (published on Wednesdays) Iâ€™ll feature other sites in the blogosphere that are of related to archaeology in Southeast Asia. Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!
– A New Human: The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the “Hobbits” of Flores, Indonesia by M. Morwood and P. van Oosterzee
– Southeast Asia: From Prehistory to History by P. S. Bellwood and I. Glover (Eds)
– Ancient Angkor (River Book Guides) by C. Jaques