Digging up the past: Searching for treasures to unlock more of Singapore’s history

via Channel NewsAsia, 21 January 2018:

With many potential archaeological sites in Singapore that have not been investigated yet, the hope is that undiscovered artefacts can reveal even more about the country’s rich heritage.

Source: Digging up the past: Searching for treasures to unlock more of Singapore’s history

UI archaeology professor weighs in on Borobudur’s ‘chattra’ restoration

via Jakarta Post, 20 January 2018: Some disagreement over a plan to reinstall the chattra or symbolic umbrella on top of Borobudur.

The University of Indonesia’s (UI) archaeology professor, Agus Aris Munandar, said there needed to be a thorough study prior to restoring the chattra (an umbrella-shaped form symbol usually placed atop religious symbols in Buddhism and Hinduism) on the top of the main Yasthi stupa at Borobudur temple.

Source: UI archaeology professor weighs in on Borobudur’s ‘chattra’ restoration

Nearly a century after the bloody murder of a French colonial official, a village still bears the mark of the ‘beast’

via Phnom Penh Post, 19 January 2018: A interesting story about a Cambodian village and its ‘mark of shame’ in its role of the murder of a colonial officer.

The road to Kraang Leav village, branching off the main highway five minutes northwest of Kampong Chhnang town, leads to a moss-covered stupa boxed in by a stone fence. A plaque identifies it, though the words – “Bardez Stupa” – don’t convey the true weight of its history. On this spot nearly 93 years ago, in April of 1925, the blood-soaked body of Felix Louis Bardez lay.

Source: Nearly a century after the bloody murder of a French colonial official, a village still bears the mark of the ‘beast’

Bago palace uses anti-Burmese symbol to attract Thai tourists

via Coconuts Yangon, 17 January 2018: Kanbawza Thardi Palace in Bago has a statue of an Ayutthaya princess that holds a secret meaning to Thai visitors.

Officials want to attract Thai tourists to a replica of Bayinnaung’s palace by displaying a statue that symbolizes the cruelty of Burmese expansionism.

Source: Bago palace uses anti-Burmese symbol to attract Thai tourists | Coconuts Yangon

NTU launches Singapore’s first master’s in museum studies and curatorial practices

via Straits Times, 17 January 2018: Nanyang Technological University just launched a MA degree programme in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices.

Singapore News -SINGAPORE – Singapore’s first master’s programme in museum studies and curatorial practices was formally launched on Wednesday (Jan 17) to meet the demand for more experts in the growing arts and heritage sectors that have registered record crowd numbers.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Source: NTU launches Singapore’s first master’s in museum studies and curatorial practices, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Korean NGO to restore UNESCO heritage site in Cambodia

via Yonhap, 17 January 2018: Korean team to help restore the Terrace of Elephants in Angkor Thom

A South Korean non-profit organization will help Cambodia fix an ancient terrace inside a UNESCO heritage site, the group said Wednesday.

Source: Korean NGO to restore UNESCO heritage site in Cambodia

Archaeologist wins inaugural Singapore history prize

via Straits Times, 12 January 2018: Congratulations to Prof. John Miksic for his book, Singapore and the Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea!

Singapore News -SINGAPORE – A pioneering archaeologist whose work emphasizes that Singapore’s history goes beyond the landing of Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819 has been awarded the inaugural Singapore History Prize.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Source: Archaeologist wins inaugural Singapore history prize, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Survey to pinpoint sites of archaeological interest part of new national heritage plan in Singapore

via Straits Times, 09 January 2018:

Singapore News -Potential areas with archaeological significance could include the mouth of the Singapore River and other sites with ancient settlements and trade activities…

Source: Survey to pinpoint sites of archaelogical interest part of new national heritage plan, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times