Unesco representative meets with Thai and Cambodian officials over Preah Vihear

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Over the last week, an envoy from Unesco has been in talks with the Thai and Cambodian governments over the dispute at the Preah Vihear border as well as to inspect the damage done to the temple from the recent fighting. The envoy will visit the temple with Indonesian observers (who are appointed on behalf of ASEAN) in a couple of weeks time.

UNESCO envoy due on Sunday
Phnom Penh Post, 23 Feb 2011

UNESCO Envoy To Visit Cambodia, Thailand
Bernama, 24 Feb 2011

Unesco envoy to meet Kasit, Suwit
Bangkok Post, 25 Feb 2011

Proposed Thai-Cambodian JBC In Jakarta, March 7-8
Bernama, 25 Feb 2011

Unesco told to delay consideration
The Nation, 26 Feb 2011

Unesco special envoy ‘supports Thai stance’
Bangkok Post, 26 Feb 2011

UNESCO envoy arrives
Phnom Penh Post, 27 Feb 2011
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Preah Vihear: ASEAN to send observers

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will send monitors to the disputed border at Preah Vihear to assess the situation there. The sending of ASEAN monitors is seen as a compromise between Thailand’s and Cambodia’s differing stands on resolving the conflict; the former wants to resolve issues bilaterally while the latter is seeking the intervention of the UN. An unofficial ceasefire is currently in effect to prevent further bloodshed and damage to the ancient temple.

ASEAN to send monitors to Thai-Cambodia border
AP, via the San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 February 2011
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Cambodian Bronzes head to the Getty

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The Gods of Angkor, an exhibition showcasing some of the finest bronze sculpture from Cambodia has now moved to the Getty for the second stop of its American tour.

c13th century Bronze Ganesha, J. Paul Getty Trust

A small Cambodian bronze exhibit at Getty is rich with meaning
LA Times, 20 February 2011
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Conference: EURASEAA 14, Dublin 2012

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No call for papers yet, but the next Euraseaa conference (last held in Berlin) will be held in Dublin in September 2012. There is a facebook page set up so that you can get more updates later.

14th Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists
18-21 September 2012
Dublin Castle and Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, Ireland
More updates of the Facebook page

Conference: Archaeometallugy in Cambodia 5 – 7th March 2011

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Readers may be interested to know of this upcoming conference in Siem Reap on archaeometallugy organised by the APSARA Authority, Centre for Khmer Studies and the EFEO.

Archaeometallurgy in Cambodia: Current Research and Future Prospects
Siem Reap, Cambodia
5-7 March 2011

Archaeometallurgy in Cambodia – Official Announcement
Archaeometallurgy in Cambodia – Conference schedule
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Preah Vihear: Ceasefire brokered

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The Phnom Penh Post reports that a ceasefire has been brokered between the Thai and the Cambodian forces over recent fighting near the Preah Vihear temple. Weapons fire from the last round of fighting reportedly damaged the ancient temple and the prolonged dispute has strained relations between both countries.

Preah Vihear, wikicommons image

Border ceasefire brokered
Phnom Penh Post, 20 February 2011
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Tang Shipwreck Treasures to go on display in Singapore

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The Tang Dynasty treasures recovered from Indonesian waters will finally go on display in Singapore at the new ArtScience Museum. Last year, a reconstruction of the shipwrecked vessel was made by the Sultanate of Oman and was sailed from Oman to Singapore. I managed to get onboard the ship when it docked at Georgetown in Penang – check it out here.

Ninth Century Tang Archaeological Finds Go On Display In Singapore
Bernama, 16 February 2011
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Thai MPs petition to put Preah Vihear listing on hold

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120 Thai MPs petition the House Speaker to request that Unesco delay listing the controversial temple until the borders can be properly demarcated.

Govt MPs oppose listing of P.Vihear
Bangkok Post, 16 Feb 2011

UN urges cease-fire, peaceful Thai-Cambodia settlement
AP, via Todayonline, 16 Feb 2011

Cambodia urges ASEAN ceasefire deal with Thailand
AFP, via Todayonline, 18 Feb 2011
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Archaeologists dig up wartime battle site in Singapore

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Archaeologists in Singapore are excavating a World War II battlefield site which was once the headquarters of a British army regiment. Singapore fell to invading Japanese forces in 1942.

Excavation at Adam Park, Straits Times 20110216

Digging up Adam Park’s war secrets
Straits Times, 15 Feb 2011
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Tigers in the Park: A New Project in Singapore
University of Glasgow Centre for Battlefield Archaeology site
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