An article on Heritage Watch’s excellent school programmes in Cambodia, teaching schoolkids the value of heritage as an investment in the future protection of sites.
Students learning at Banteay Chhmar. Source: Cambodia Daily 20160713
Children—A New Defense Against Looting?
Cambodia Daily, 13 July 2016
For years, archaeologists excavating pre-Angkorian sites in Banteay Meanchey province unsuccessfully attempted to stop the looting of the area’s temples and buried treasures.
Heritage Watch, a group created to protect the country’s archaeological and historical sites, determined that education was the remedy. So they trained villagers and monks living near the sites, as well as commune and community leaders, government officials and teachers.
Full story here.
Project Manusastra capacity building aim to develop local humanities research sounds like an excellent initiative, but it makes me wonder if training programmes like these teach Southeast Asians to think like westerners rather than to develop a local theory of our own. Does anybody have any experiences in the differences between ‘western’ archaeological theory and how different Southeast Asian groups think about archaeology?
Source: The Cambodia Daily 20140825
University Program Cultivates Local Researchers
The Cambodian Daily, 25 August 2014
Singapore’s new history textbook will include material on the country’s archaeology, rather than start its establishment as an British colony in the 19th century.
Prof John Miksic. Source: New York Times, 20140511
In New Textbook, the Story of Singapore Begins 500 Years Earlier
New York Times, 11 May 2014
For any potential PhD students looking for a project, there is a scholarship available at the University of New England in Australia to study rehydroxylation dating (RHX) as part of an Australian Research Council grant that studies the geochemistry and dates of Khmer stonewares and their kilns.
This is a full scholarship to the University of New England; applicants with geosciences background are especially encouraged to apply.
If you are interested, please contact:
Dr. PETER GRAVE
Associate Professor, Archaeology
School of Humanities
University of New England
Armidale, NSW 2351
+61 2 67 73 2062
An interesting story on how the development of Siem Reap for tourists is also having a secondary effect in fuelling a desire by local Cambodians for higher education. For many, better education and qualifications means access to better-paying jobs, although the quality of such education is a concern.
Near Cambodia’s Temple Ruins, a Devotion to Learning
New York Times, 24 January 2012