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Readers in Singapore might be interested in Dr Arlo Griffith’s talk next week on the epigrahy of Champa.

New Light on the Ancient Records of Campa (Vietnam)
by Dr Arlo Griffiths
26 February, 7.00 – 8.30 pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
RSVP Required – details here

This lecture presents recent developments in the study of the written records of the ancient Campa kingdom(s), which lay in what is now central and southern Vietnam. The study of Campa epigraphy, which once flourished in French colonial times, has all but died out after World War II and has only recently been revived. Newly discovered inscriptions have started to be published. A census of Campa inscriptions was undertaken in September–October 2009 in museums and archaeological sites of Vietnam. The aim of the census was to up-date the general inventory of Campa inscriptions, whose last published instalment dates to 1942, and to record essential data of previously known and newly discovered epigraphical documents. The presentation will discuss some new inscriptions, which throw new light on the history of Campa and its place within the larger scale development of Southeast Asian history.

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