University of Guam Archaeological Field School in Cebu, Philippines

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Tired of your everyday routines at work? Looking for some archaeological experience? Got 5-6 weeks to spare next summer? The University of Guam, in collaboration with the University of the Philippines and University of San Carlos Kabilin Heritage Studies Center is conducting a field school in Cebu next year.

University of Guam Archaeological Field School in Cebu, Philippines
AN492: Archaeological Field Techniques
Summer 2011
(note: site best viewed using Firefox or Chrome. I am told that the page will not load properly if using IE)
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Field Hack: Using your iPhone as a microscope

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Here’s a handy tool for the field – using your camera phone as a microscope. This video shows you how you can use a cheap ‘toy’ microscope and attach it to an iPhone case and get image magnifications of 20-45X. Of course, there shouldn’t be a reason why you wouldn’t be able to adapt the idea on any other camera phone. I could personally use it for looking at rock art pigments in situ.

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The human cost of the Preah Vihear conflict

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When a site is awarded World Heritage status, it usually means a jump in tourism visits and revenue. Not so with Preah Vihear, where the conflict over the surrounding area between Thailand and Cambodia have caused much economic hardship to the residents of the area.

Strained relations over ancient ruins wrecking lives
Bangkok Post, 14 October 2010
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Tracing man's migration to East Asia

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Research from China analysing the mDNA of East Asians suggests more evidence that early man migrated to China using the “Southern Route” from Arabia, India and Southeast Asia rather than from a northern Central Asian route. [Update: Link has been fixed]

Chinese scientists reveal ancient man’s route to East Asia
People’s Daily, 12 October 2010
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