The Punjulharjo ancient boat site

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The Patriots, 03 June 2017: An article about the Punjulharjo ancient boat site, which was discovered in central Java in 2008. The author expresses hope that a similar boat which is thought to be in Malaysia’s Sungei Batu can be found. Article is in Bahasa Indonesia.

Source: Situs Perahu Kuno Punjulharjo, Gambaran Awal Kapal Kuno Sungai Batu | The Patriots

Discovered boat dates to Angkorian period

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13th century boat found in Angkor. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20160727

Radiocarbon dating of a dugout boat discovered in Angkor indicates it was from the 13th century.

13th century boat found in Angkor. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20160727

13th century boat found in Angkor. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20160727

Tests confirm Angkor boat made in 1207 AD
Phnom Penh Post, 27 June 2016

Boat Estimated to be 800 Years Old
Khmer Times, 27 June 2016

A boat unearthed at a construction site in Siem Reap’s Angkor Thom district in April was made in 1207 AD, according to carbon dating results announced on Friday.

The 809-year-old vessel was carved from a single tree trunk during the reign of King Jayavarman VII.

Apsara Authority spokesman Long Kosal said the results, produced by a radio carbon dating lab in New Zealand, were announced at the biannual meeting of the International Coordinating Committee for Angkor.

“I believe this is the oldest boat that has been found so far,” Kosal said.

Full stories here and here.

Dugout discovered in Siem Reap

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Dugout boat found in the Angkor Thom district. Phnom Penh Post, 20160411

The remains of a dugout boat, some 13m long, was discovered in Siem Reap and is being investigated for its archaeological potential.

Dugout boat found in the Angkor Thom district. Phnom Penh Post, 20160411

Dugout boat found in the Angkor Thom district. Phnom Penh Post, 20160411

Boat found at Siem Reap work site could be ancient artefact
Phnom Penh Post, 11 April 2016

Archaeology authorities are eagerly waiting to discover the true age of a potentially ancient boat after it was dredged up from the sandy depths in Siem Reap on Friday afternoon.

The 12.83-metre vessel was carved out from a single tree trunk and was unearthed some 7 metres underground at a construction site in Angkor Thom district, Apsara Authority spokesperson Long Kosal said.

A sample of the rare find has been sent for carbon dating to determine its age.

“From our point of view, this is the first boat of its kind that we’ve seen,” Kosal said.

“We cannot make any assumption or conclusion … but we believe this could be from ancient times.”

The boat is now lying submerged in the moat around Angkor Wat for preservation.

Full story here.

Vietnamese dugout canoe thought to be world’s oldest

Dugout canoe from Quang Ninh Province. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150514

Maritime archaeologists reading this post might be in a better position to comment, this dugout canoe found in Vietnam’s Duong River is thought to be the world’s largest and oldest.

Update: A reader pointed out that the Hasholme logboat in Yorkshire is older. So perhaps the Duong River boat is only Southeast Asia’s oldest?

Dugout canoe found in the Duong River. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150514

Dugout canoe found in the Duong River. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150514

The world’s largest ancient wooden boat in Halong
Viet Nam Net, 14 May 2015

A dug-out canoe of the Van Lang culture (over 2,000 years ago) is owned by the former director of the Museum of Quang Ninh Province, Tran Trong Ha. Experts say this is the oldest and biggest intact dug-out canoe in the world.

The Poole Logboat dug-out canoe in England was previously considered the world’s oldest, at more than 2,000 years old, but it is not intact.

The Poole Logboat is about 10m long but the one in Vietnam is 10.8m long, and the widest point of the boat is 1.07m.

This ancient boat was fished out from the Duong River by a fisherman, who used it as a box to contain miscellaneous items.

Ha bought this boat in 2012. “I had planned to buy the ancient boat for the Quang Ninh Museum but the museum officials did not agree to purchase it because the boat was not a product of Quang Ninh. So I took it home,” Ha said.

Full story here.

The rock art of Viking Cave

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Tham Phrayanaga/Viking Cave

Stories by Alex is a video series featuring ancient civilisations around the world. In this episode, he visits Tham Phrayanaga or Viking Cave in southern Thailand, a rock art site with depictions of ships from many different cultures and highlights the vibrant maritime silk route in Southeast Asia. I have previously worked at this site before with Atthasit Sukkham, one of the people featured in this video. The Viking Cave is not normally open to public, so it’s a great way to see the site!

Tham Phrayanaga/Viking Cave

Tham Phrayanaga/Viking Cave

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‘Rakhaine’ boat salvaged in Bangladesh

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Archaeologists in Bangladesh have finished excavating a ship thought to belong to Rakhaine settlers who originated from Arakan in Myanmar.

Work starts to salvage historic boat
The Daily Star, 07 January 2013

Ancient ‘Rakhaine’ boat to be moved to safer place soon
The Daily Star, 09 January 2013
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Rock art tells of interactions between ancient Indonesians and Australians

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The dating of Aboriginal Australian rock art depicting the contact between Makassan ships and indigenous Australians suggests that contact between the two communities existed at least a hundred years earlier than originally thought.

Australia’s rock art discovery – sailing vessels visit in mid-1600’s

Sail, 25 July 2010

We have contact: rock art records early visitors
The Canberra Times, 24 July 2010
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