Celadon kiln found in Myanmar

Japanese researchers announce the discovery of a kilm site producing celadons in the southern Myanmar city of Mawlamyaing.

Celadons from Mawlamyaing. Source: Asahi Shimbun 20160328
Celadons from Mawlamyaing. Source: Asahi Shimbun 20160328

Ancient site in Myanmar offers clues to trade with Middle East
Asahi Shimbun, 28 March 2016

An archaeological site in southern Myanmar may be the missing link in a chain that explains how sublime celadon porcelain from Asia ended up as far as the Middle East centuries ago.

Celadon pottery, distinctive by its jade green celadon color, was highly prized by China’s imperial court in ancient times.

Researchers at the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, as well as Kyoto University, recently joined a team from Myanmar’s Ministry of Culture, along with specialists from the archaeology department at the University of Yangon, to excavate the site on privately-held land.

The Kyoto University team was led by Mamoru Shibayama, director of the ASEAN Center at the university. The Feb. 3-6 dig was at a kiln operated in Mawlamyaing, now the capital of Mon State in southern Myanmar that faces the Andaman Sea.

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Choeung Ek archaeological sites in danger of being lost forever

Visitors to Phnom Penh may already have gone to see the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, but the site also holds significant archaeological value: the remains of kilns have been found there, but the quick development in the area means that much of this archaeology is being lost.

Excavation at the Choeung Ek kiln site. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150214
Excavation at the Choeung Ek kiln site. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150214

Ancient kiln site poised to ‘disappear forever’
Phnom Penh Post, 14 February 2015

Archaeological site at the Choeung Ek killing fields under threat as fast-paced urbanisation takes its toll on the area

Buried in the dirt at the Choeung Ek killing fields, among the skeletal remains of Pol Pot’s victims, are far more ancient relics: black, red and brown ceramic shards that have added a crucial page to Phnom Penh’s early history.

The discovery of 69 pottery kilns in the early 2000s by archaeologist Phon Kaseka indicated that an industrious community established itself in the fifth century, about a thousand years before Phnom Penh became the capital.

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Cham kiln site discovered in Vietnam

Traces of a 13th century Cham kilm workshop have been found in Vietnam’s Binh Dinh province.

13th-century valuable objects unearthed in central site
Viet Nam News, 23 January 2015

Scientists have unearthed traces of Cham ceramic workshops dating back to the 13th century in the central province of Binh Dinh’s Nhon Loc Commune.

They found fairly intact ceramic ovens and nearly 1,000 ceramic objects including bowls, plates, jars and tiles over a 100sq.m area. Traces of ruined ceramic ovens were found at another 50sq.m site.

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Experimental kiln built at the EFEO

It’s experimental archaeology at work: the re-creation of an Angkorian style kiln by archaeologists at the Ecole Française d’Extreme Orient in Siem Reap.

Kiln firing at the EFEO earlier this month
Kiln firing at the EFEO earlier this month

Recreating the kilns of Angkor
Phnom Penh Post, 13 December 2014
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Public Lecture: Research at the Cheung Ek Archaeological Site

Readers in Singapore may be interested in this upcoming talk at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies by Dr Phon Kaseka on the Cheung Ek Archaeological Site.

Research at the Cheung Ek Archaeological Site
Phon Kaseka, Director, Archaeology Department, Royal Academy of Cambodia
Date: Monday, 17 June 2013
Time: 3.30 – 5.00 pm
Venue: ISEAS Seminar Room II

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Ceramics manufacturing site excavated in Vietnam

Various ceramics and a kiln have been discovered in the city of Ha Long in Quang Ninh Province, where some of the ceramics still have the fingerprints of the artisans who made them.

Ancient ceramics dug up in Ha Long [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 04 November 2008
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