From the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia comes a new website, CISARK – Carte Interactive des Sites Archeologiques Khmers. It details Khmer archaeological sites, not only in Cambodia, but spanning Thailand, Laos and Vietnam as well.
The site is currently in French, with the Khmer, Japanese and English pages still under construction. But there’s a good links page to other sites related to the archaeology of Khmers and Cambodia. (I’ll incorporate those links on our links page soon, too.)
19 November 2007 (Earthtimes.org, Bangkok Post) – Preah Vihear, a hotly contested khmer temple that straddles between the Thai and Cambodian borders is to be renovated by a neutral party – the Archaeological Survey of India. The temple sits on a high cliff and rests on Cambodian soil; however, entrance into the temple is via the Thai side of the border. I’m not sure how this move resolves any diplomatic tensions over the site, however.
The other interesting aspect of the two stories is the involvement of the Archaeological Survey of India, which has been active in restoring many Hindu temples throughout Southeast Asia. Notably, it had helped restore the Prambanan temples in Indonesia after it as damaged during last year’s earthquake as well as the Ta Prohm, another Angkoran temple.
Creative Commons image by Hintz Family