Kiln find raises new questions in Cham construction methods

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A brick kiln discovered in the Quang Ngai province in Vietnam raises new questions about the construction methods used by the Cham. In its height, the Cham (4th – 9th century) controlled much of the coastline of Southern Vietnam and flourished by facilitating maritime trade between China and India.

Cham ethnic people’s relic found in Quang Ngai
Nhan Dan – 29 Dec 2007
8th century brick kiln discovered in Quang Ngai
Thanh Nien News – 29 Dec 2007
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Cave restriction to fend off hunters of Yamashita's treasure?


I posted the story about Philippines move to regulate treasure hunting in caves earlier, but a smaller detail in this Inquirer story was a little interesting – besides archaeological and cultural finds, is the Philippines trying to deter hunters for Yamashita’s treasure as well?

Philippines to regulate treasure-hunting
Philippine Inquirer, 27 Dec 2007
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Call for Papers: 12th European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA) international conference

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European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA)
12th International Conference
Leiden , the Netherlands
1 – 5 September 2008

Second Announcement
Call for Papers

We invite papers on all aspects of Southeast Asian archaeology, including art history, epigraphy, and numismatics. Papers on China and India that closely relate to Southeast Asian themes, may also be presented by agreement and if time permits.

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Categories: Conferences Southeast Asia


Wednesday Rojak #16

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This Christmas edition of the Wednesday Rojak brings us to Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia for some ancient temples, royal architecture, hobbits and the Shan:

  • Andy Brouwer features an article by Heritage Watch on Protecting Cambodia’s Treasures.
  • Chris Miller sets poetry to Angkoran sculpture in When Sculpture was King.
  • Matt brings us to Thailand’s royal palaces and monatery in Bangkok’s Royal Bling.
  • Greg Laden blogs about a new paper published on our favourite Hobbit.
  • Read an Indonesian article about the Majapahit-era shrine, Candi Bajangratu.
  • Music blogger Deni Bonet spends a hot morning in Sukhothai.
  • Andy (no relation to the previous Andy) reflects on the impermanence of Southeast Asian capitals in Moving Mueang.
  • While in London, the New Mandala reports from a conference on the Shan people in Burma, with details of some archaeology papers presented there.

In this series of weekly rojaks (published on Wednesdays) I’ll feature other sites in the blogosphere that are of related to archaeology in Southeast Asia. Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!

13th century Shipwreck recovered from the South China Sea

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A 13th century shipwreck laden with Song Dynasty porcelain was recovered from the depths of the South China Sea last week – ships like these were common in the international trade that plied the maritime silk route between China and West Asia, and they all moved through Southeast Asia.

Sunken Merchant Boat Raised from the Sea
Xinhua, 22 Dec 2007

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Win 'The Art of Champa' in the SEAArch Christmas giveaway


Merry Christmas! This Christmas season, the Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog is giving away a hardcover copy of The Art of Champa by Jean-Francois Hubert.

The Art of Champa

How do you win? All you have to do is to leave a comment on SEAArch during the Christmas season (Dec 25 – Jan 6):

  • Each comment represents one chance at the draw; you may post as many comments as you want, but comments must be related to the topic.
  • Each comment must be accompanied with an email address. This will enable me to get in touch with you if you win the book. Fret not, your email will not be given to any third party.
  • At the end of the 12 days of Christmas, I’ll collate the commenters and draw the lucky winner. The book will be sent to the winner by post!

Easy as pie, eh? Of course, you could always just buy the book.

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I’ve been playing around with a site redesign for a couple of weeks now – I thought it was high time to give the site a revamp. The changes are mainly cosmetic, but I’d love to hear feedback from you if you see anything out of place.

If you have any comments and suggestions for the new SEAArch, do leave a comment as well!

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Nalanda, the view from the sky

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The Archaeological Survey of India is embarking on a project to survey the Nalanda University complex via satellite. Why is this getting some air time on SEAArch? Because there’s an exhibition going on about Buddhism in Asia at Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum, with Nalanda as the focal point.

Satellite survey of Nalanda ruins begins in Bihar
Nerve News, 20 December 2007
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