Church bells returned to the Philippines

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A pair of church bells, war booty from the Philippine-American war at the turn of the 20th century, have finally been returned to the Philippines.

Meycauyan Bells, Philippine Inquirer 20120309

Meycauyan Bells, Philippine Inquirer 20120309

2 church bells taken by Americans turned over to National Museum
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 09 March 2012

Century-old plundered church bells returned to Philippines
Xinhua, via Philstar.com, 10 March 2012
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Repatriating skeletons and nominating Niah as a World Heritage Site

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The Borneo Archaeology Seminar just concluded in Miri yesterday. I was hoping to attend to listen to a couple of rock art papers, but other work kept me busy. The media coverage from the seminar is focused on the speech by the Chief Minister of Sarawak, who suggested that the burials that were removed from the Niah Caves (now residing outside of the country) should be returned, but not before there are adequate facilities in the Sarawak Museum to house them. There was also a suggestion to nominate Niah as a Unesco World Heritage Site. We shall see in the coming years how these develop!

Niah Caves Should Be A World Heritage Site
Bernama, 28 October 2010

Bring back Niah Caves artefacts from abroad, says Chief Minister
Borneo Post, 29 October 2010

Museum’s request for restructuring gets CM’s nod
Borneo Post, 29 October 2010
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Cambodians join club of countries seeking repatriation of artefacts

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Cambodia looks set to join a growing list of countries seeking the return of its cultural heritage properties and artefacts housed in museums and private collections in the west. I wonder if other Southeast Asian nations are involved in this conference in Egypt  – I can think of Vietnam and Indonesia who would also be interested in seeking the return of artefacts spirited away during the colonial period. If so, we might expect to see an increase of repatriation requests in SEAArch over the next couple of years.

Sculptures along Causeway entering Angkor Thom - Cambodia
photo credit: Adam Jones, Ph.D.

Summit may see return of artefacts
Phnom Penh Post, 08 January 2010
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Repatriation of artefacts delayed by recent riots

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The recent riots in Thailand have delayed the return of several Cambodian artefacts and will have to be rescheduled. This repatriation of artefacts is seen as a sign of warming relations between the two countries, despite the outstanding dispute at the Preah Vihear temple border.

Return of Cambodian artefacts delayed
The Nation, 20 April 2009
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Thailand will return seized artefacts to Cambodia

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Thailand said that it might, and now it turns out it will. In an effort to repair the damage caused by the Preah Vihear dispute, Thailand has announced that it will return seven 18th-century sandstone busts that were smuggled into Thailand in 2000. Details of the handover have yet to be worked out and the artefacts are on display at the Thailand National Museum.

Thailand to return seized Cambodian artefacts

The Nation, 25 February 2009
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