Archaeologists call for better protection and management of the Gunung Padang megalithic site in Java.
The opening up of Myanmar means more money and more tourists coming in, which means more development – which in turn means the once-grand colonial-era buildings may have to make way for newer ones. The tourism industry is expressing a desire to protect some of these colonial neighbourhoods so that they may be kept as tourism products.
Tourism sector urges protection of colonial sites
Myanmar Times, 19-25 March 2012
An article highlighting the woes of maintaining Philippines’ cultural collections in the midst of competing economic pressures, poor infrastructure and looting.
The remains of a preserved body, recovered from an archaeological site 17 years ago is on display at the Vietnamese History Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. The mummy is of a female, 60 years old at time of death, and is over a hundred years old. (Warning: link has images of the actual body, which may be discomforting for some readers).
The secret of mummy at Vietnam History Museum
Vietnam Net Bridge, 08 June 2011
Conservation and Preservation professionals and groups in Malaysia may be interested in this source of funding for Cultural Heritage Restoration from the United States. More details can be found here.
Bernama, 05 December 2010
A feature on a group of librarians at the Han-Nom Research Institute in Hanoi who oversee the storage and preservation of ancient written documents, dating from as early as the 7th century. To make copies of engraved tablets, they used a plaster made from dried banana!
Historians, archaeologists and other scholars are calling for the setting up of an archaeological map of Hanoi to prevent rapid development from encroaching into archaeological sites.
Preservation plan sought [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 28 May 2010
Singapore’s National Heritage Board has no plans to gazette the foundations of the 100-year-old Fort Tanjong Katong for the time being. The fort was excavated in 2004 through a community grassroots effort and later reburied to prevent further deterioration to the stone foundations of the site.
Fort Tanjong Katong will not be gazetted
AsiaOne, 19 May 2010
Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is embarking on a project to digitise artifacts for preservation. The article isn’t specific on the details, but I suppose they’ll be using a 3-D scanner to record the information.
National relics to be digitized
Vietnam Net Bridge, 06 April 2010
Residents of ancient houses known as Nha Ruong are refusing government funding for refurbishment because of the long-term costs of upkeeping such houses and the strict restrictions that are placed on future refurbishment works.