7-year dynasty leaves a 700-year memory

A feature on the short-lived reign of the Ho Dynasty (1400-1407), and their citadel in Thanh Hoa which enjoyed a short stint as the capital during their reign. The citadel, or rather what is left of it, has been submitted for consideration into the World Heritage List.

Holding the fort
Vietnam Net Bridge, 21 Mar 2010
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Hominins on Flores by one million years ago

A paper by Brumm et al released online in Nature earlier this month reports the finds of stone tools in Wolo Sege, Flores dating to about a million years old. Some of the news media (see links below) are linking the find to the ‘hobbit’ found in the same island although there doesn’t seem to be a direct connection. The finds don’t seem all that surprising to me, since we already know that some hominins (Homo erectus) reached Java a million and a half years ago and another earlier find of stone tools dated 880,000 years was found just half a kilometre away, but it’ll be interesting to see if a link between these million-year-old hominins and the hobbit can be established.

Hominins on Flores, Indonesia, by one million years ago
Nature, 17 March 2010

“Hobbits” Had Million-Year History on Island?
National Geographic, 17 March 2010

Tools found on ‘hobbit’ island
The Irish Times, 18 March 2010

‘Hobbits’ May Have Arrived in Flores Much Earlier Than Thought: Scientists
Jakarta Globe, 18 March 2010

‘Hobbit’ island’s deeper history

BBC News, 18 March 2010

Early humans colonized Indonesian island
ABC, via CBC News, 18 March 2010
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Religious authorities to have a say in Indonesia's ancient temple management

The Indonesian department of religious affairs will have a say over the management of its ancient temples such as the Hindu Prambanan and Buddhist Borobudur, which is currently managed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. The change is the result of a call by local Hindu and Buddhist leaders to recognise these temples, tourist sites in a predominantly Muslim country, as sacred spaces still used for pilgrimage by their local communities.

photo credit: hildo trazo

Religious Affairs Ministry to Help Manage Historic Temples

Jakarta Globe, 16 March 2010
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Roads to help with firefighting at Angkor

New roads will be built through Angkor to provide ease traffic and provide better access to emergency crews at Angkor in the event of fire, especially during the dry season.

吳哥窟日落 Angkor Sun set, Cambodia
photo credit: Beautiful Taiwan 美麗的寶島

Roads protect Angkor from fires
AP, via The Straits Times, 12 March 2010
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Malaysian prehistoric remains 16,000 years old

The skeletal remains of a man found in Bewah Cave in the state of Terengganu, in Malaysia have been radiocarbon dated to be 16,000 years old, one of the oldest dates for skeletal remains in the country.

Sapphiric (A)
photo credit: Mohd Tarmizi

Bewah Caveman 16,000 Years Old

Bernama, 10 March 2010
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Hanoi’s Temple of Literature Stelae recognised by Unesco

The scholar stelaes from the Hanoi’s Temple of Literature have been inscribed in Unesco’s documentary heritage of the world list, announced earlier this month in Macau.

82 historic stone stelae recognised [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 11 March 2010
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Zheng He as a symbol of Chinese-African relations

Time explores modern Chinese-African political relations through the mirror of Zheng He’s voyages.

Admiral Zheng He
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Searching for Zheng: China’s Ming-Era Voyager
Time, 08 March 2010
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Scenes from the Candi Kimpulan excavation in Yogyakarta

Stranger in Paradise, the diary of an expat in Bali, has a feature on the the recent excavations at the Candi Kimpulan site at Universitas Islam Indonesia.

Buried Treasure and Hindu-Balinese Crusades
Stranger in Paradise, March 2010
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