Conference | Theravāda Buddhism in Khmer Lands

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For readers in Phnom Penh, a conference on Theravada Buddhism happening tomorrow (13 Feb 2018):

Theravāda Buddhism in Khmer Lands
with TUN Puthpiseth, PhD in Art History at the University Paris-Sorbonne, and Director of the Research Unit at the Royal University of Fine Arts
Tuesday 13 February 2018 at 6.30pm
Conference in French, translated in Khmer and English
Free entry subject to availability

Source: Conference | Theravāda Buddhism in Khmer Lands

See also:

Tracing the roots of Buddhism in Cambodia | Phnom Penh Post, 12 Feb 2018

Government to Build New $12M Building for Fine Arts University

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The Royal University of Fine Arts trains Cambodia’s archaeologists and will be relocated from its campus next to the National Museum to a site just outside of Phnom Penh. Funding, however, is not confirmed.

Almost two years after the government announced the relocation of the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) from central Phnom Penh to the city outskirts, Prime Minister Hun Sen finally announced […]

Source: Government to Build New $12M Building for Fine Arts University – The Cambodia Daily

Hints of a pre-Angkorian Cambodia outside of Phnom Penh

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Crucibles from Preah Neak pagoda. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20160405

Numerous finds from a hill in Kandal province hint at a rich archaeological potential spanning to possibly the pre-Angkorian period, but there are insufficient funds to look deeper.

Crucibles from Preah Neak pagoda. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20160405

Crucibles from Preah Neak pagoda. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20160405

Pre-Angkorian trove of artefacts found in Kandal
Phnom Penh Post, 05 April 2016

The discovery of hundreds of ancient artefacts – most likely spanning several eras – at a pagoda outside of Phnom Penh this month could shed new light on the poorly understood pre-Angkorian period, a Royal Academy of Cambodia archaeologist said yesterday.

“These finds are the historical evidence for our Khmer-ness,” said Thuy Chanthuon, deputy director of the academy’s Institute of Culture and Fine Arts, who is analysing the findings from the Preah Neak pagoda, located on a hill about 30 kilometres from Phnom Penh in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district.

The artefacts, which included a copper seal buried with a sword, dozens of apparently pre-Angkorian stone tools and coins from the early 1900s, were found just 2 metres or less below the surface.

“The best item is the seal,” said Chanthuon. “It is from the Oudong era, between 300 and 400 years old. The seal and metal sword were likely buried with a man who must have had a high position in the society, [like] an oknha or provincial governor.”

Full story here.

Prehistoric Phnom Penh

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Neolithic stone tool found in Kandal province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20151230

Archaeologists are investigating the chance finds of prehistoric material in Cambodia’s Kandal province, near Phnom Penh.

Neolithic stone tool found in Kandal province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20151230

Neolithic stone tool found in Kandal province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20151230

Phnom Penh’s roots discovered
Phnom Penh Post, 30 December 2015

Two newly discovered archaeological sites suggest people were living close to what is now Phnom Penh thousands of years before the capital was founded.

Villagers living along the Mekong, and a monk at a pagoda, both in Kandal province, have discovered artefacts including Neolithic axes and human bone, which indicate human settlement in the area as long as 3,000 years ago, according to a report obtained yesterday.

“The use of polished stone dates back to about 1000 to 1500 BC,” said Dutch archaeologist and professor Hans Boch, one of a team of experts called to the bank of the Mekong after the find in Muk Kampoul district’s Chas village.

“The evidence shows people living there thousands of years ago,” he added.

“We found polished stone, a crafted metal bracelet, limb bones, teeth, a skull and pottery,” said Thuy Chanthourn, deputy chief of the Institute of Culture and Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Cambodia.

Full story here.

Public Lecture: Phnom Penh Past and Present

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Something I’ve been organising as part of my work at SEAMEO SPAFA – a series of lectures on the capitals of Southeast Asia. If you’re in Bangkok next week, come join us for a lecture on the archaeology and urban conservation of Phnom Penh.

Capitals Archaeology Lectures Series – Phnom Penh: Past & Present
Venue: The Siam Society
Date: 11 August 2015
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm

The SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) and the Siam Society will organize two lectures on the archaeology and urban conservation of Phnom Penh, as part of SEAMEO SPAFA’s lecture series on the archaeology and development of the Capitals of Southeast Asia. The second set of lectures, focusing on Phnom Penh, will be delivered on Tuesday 11th August 2015 at 18.30-20.30 hrs. at the Siam Society. The event is free of charge.
Programme

18.30-19.30 hrs. “The Archaeology of Cheung Ek in Phnom Penh”
Mr Phon Kaseka, Director, Department of Archaeology, Royal Academy of Cambodia

19.30-20.30 hrs. “Urban Conservation in Phnom Penh”
Mrs. Sisowath Men Chendevy, Director of the Heritage Center Cambodia and Vice-Rector of the Royal University of Fine Arts

Lecturers:
Phon Kaseka is the Director of the Archaeology Department and a PhD candidate at the Royal Academy of Cambodia. His work at Cheung Ek began in 2004-2005 with support from the NAGA Research Group. This work continued in 2007 on a project undertaking archaeological investigation and cultural resource management and was supported financially by the US Embassy. Later surveys and excavations at Cheung Ek in 2012 and 2013 were supported by the Friends of Khmer Culture and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Since 2014, he is conducting archaeological surveys and mapping along the Dangrek Range.

Sisowath Men Chandevy is Director of the Heritage Center in Cambodia, overseeing two missions set up in the cooperation with the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and the French Embassy. The first mission concentrates on the preservation of the architectural and urban heritage in Phnom Penh, and the second one is the Regional Heritage School for Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. She is preparing to defend her thesis for a State diploma in Architecture from France (Toulouse), specialized in the conservation and the restoration of the heritage buildings

Choeung Ek archaeological sites in danger of being lost forever

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

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.

Full story here.

Public Lecture: The Site of Koh Ker and the reign of Jayavarman IV

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There will be a public lecture on the Angkoran site of Koh Ker by Dr Chen Chanratana at the Royal University of Fine Arts in February. (via the CANCAMBODIA group)

The Site of Koh Ker and the reign of Jayavarman IV: History, Art and Archaeology
Location: Faculty of Archaeology, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (North of the Royal Palace)
Date: 04 Feb 2012
Time: 2.30pm