Wednesday Rojak #19

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After missing the last two weeks’ installments, Wednesday Rojak is back again this week for a mishmash of Southeast Asia and related-to-archaeology posts.

  • Pensée Libre takes us to the Banteay Srei in Angkor (site is in French)
  • The Ethnographer’s Note posts a soon-to-be published paper by Edward M. Bruner entitled “The Ethnographer, Tourist in Indonesia”.
  • Backpackers Mal and Pam make their stopover to Laos and Cambodia.
  • While Jeffrey visits the Laos National Museu, finding it a little short on artifacts, but not on scope.
  • Lilie Down Under posts something from her two nights in Sukhothai.
  • While PhD candidate Alison shows us how salt is produced in Ban Non Wat.
  • Katie visits Candi Borobudur in Java.
  • Jim visits the lesser-known Angkor temple at Koh Ker.

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

Tax evasion scheme proves costly for Southeast Asian Archaeology

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The New York Times carries an article walking about how the recent antiquities smuggling racket (see here, here and here) damages the archaeological record – and all for a tax evasion scheme. The article quotes extensively from Dr Joyce White of the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Ban Chiang project. Many thanks to Dr. White for flagging the article.


Ban Chiang Ware, creative commons image by drdrewhonolulu

Tax Scheme Is Blamed for Damage to Artifacts
The New York Times, 04 Feb 2008
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Burma's Double Bind

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Burma’s (Myanmar) crackdown on protesting monks last year made a dent in tourist receipts, something the military government is trying to curtail. But despite the calls to boycott the temples of Bagan, it’s really the locals who feel the pinch.

CC by Hartfried Schmid
Image by Hartfried Schmid

Burma Lures Tourists with Reopening of Ancient Palace
Ethical Traveler, 03 February 2008
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Categories: Bagan Burma (Myanmar)

Ph.D scholarship in geochronological studies on faunal evolution and hominin dispersal in South and Southeast Asia during the Late Quaternary

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From the Quaternary Dating Laboratory, Roskilde University, Denmark. The deadine is in two weeks!

Applications are invited for the above Ph.D scholarship, which will be based at the Quaternary Dating Laboratory, Roskilde University, Denmark and affiliated to GESS (the Graduate Programme in Environmental Stress Studies). The scholarship is for a period of 3 years and must be filled as soon as possible (applications required by 15 February 2008). Salary will be around 268,000 Danish kroner per year, before tax and deductions.
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