From the SEAANTHARCHHST list:
Please be advised that the third Southeast Asian Archaeology Workshop will be held on Thursday 10th June 2010 at the Institute of Archaeology in Oxford (http://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/institute.html). As per previous workshops held at University College London in 2006 and 2008, the event is intended to promote ongoing research and foster grass roots interest in the archaeology of both Mainland and Island Southeast Asia â€“ including the countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China (some southern provinces), East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Although the workshops have primarily been aimed at scholars from UK institutions, attendees from further afield have been and will be very welcome indeed.
Excavated in 2004-2005, the Nam Giao altar at the foot of the Don Son mountain in Vietnam may well be the largest undamaged platform of its kind. The platform was built in 1402, during the reign of the Ho Dynasty.
New Nam Giao altar discoveries in Thanh Hoa
Vietnam Net Bridge, 27 November 2007
28 August 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – An excavation at an archaeological site in Southern Vietnam has yielded some 120,000 artefacts, including eight burials, and more significantly, the site reveals the first time metal casting tools have been found so far south.
Prehistoric bronze, ceramic artefacts found in Khanh Hoa
Recent excavations at the Vinh Yen relic site in Van Thanh commune, Khanh Hoa province, have revealed numerous artefacts that prove the site was a ceramic workshop dating back an estimated 3,000 years.
At the excavation site, archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Khanh Hoa Museum found more than 120,000 pieces of ceramic objects including jars, pots and bowls, and about 402 tools used in ceramics and bronze casting.
They also unearthed eight graves that contained bronze, stone and ceramic objects.
This is the first time metal casting tools have been found in the southern central region.
Books about the metal age in Southeast Asia:
– Uncovering Southeast Asia’s Past: Selected Papers from the 10th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists by E. A. Bacus, I. Glover and V. C. Pigott (Eds)
– Southeast Asia: From Prehistory to History by P. S. Bellwood and I. Glover (Eds)
– The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia (Cambridge World Archaeology) by C. Higham