Nang Sida – Angkoran ruins beside Wat Phu

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Mark from the All Points East Travel blog writes about Nang Sida, a ruined temple just walking distance from the more famous, world-heritage listed Wat Phu in Laos.

Nang Sida would probably have been quite an impressive little temple in it’s day but is now in a rather sad state with the totally collapsed main tower now being impressive just for the sheer size of the pile of fallen sandstone blocks: it must have been a pretty tall tower when still standing! The eastern entrance porch, to what would have been the main shrine, is still relatively intact; there’s the remains of an outer enclosure wall and very long causeway but what saves the site for the casual visitor is probably the setting with the wooded hills behind forming a picturesque backdrop.

Check out the full post and more pictures here.

Call for Papers: Hukay The Journal for Archaeological Research in Asia and the Pacific

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Hukay is the Journal for Archaeological Research in Asia and the Pacific. It accepts articles on the archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and heritage of the Asia and Pacific regions. Papers may be submitted throughout the year and are reviewed by three specialists from a pool of international scholars. Reviewers’ comments and suggestions are forwarded to the author(s), who should implement them in the final version of the paper.

Manuscripts may be submitted via email to Grace Barretto-Tesoro at or
for more information please visit the Hukay website

Donation appeal for the Kerdomnel Khmer Foundation for Cambodian Culture

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I featured the Kerdomnel Khmer Foundation magazine website last week, and this message is from their founder Dr Chen Chanratana. Please help if you can!


KERDOMNEL KHMER GROUP (KDNK) just created a “Kerdomnel Khmer Foundation”, supported by H.E Khieu Kanharith, minister of Information of Cambodia, the honor president of this foundation, for collecting of all donations and contributions from both Cambodian and international community around the world, in order to we could start the projects for the activities of preservation and conservation of Cambodian culture and heritage.

Your contribution will helps us for many things to realize KDNK’s works for many year of project plan such as: documenting and reporting of old artists, musicians, researching for publishing in Kerdomnel Khmer Magazine, the first magazine of art and archaeology in Cambodia…etc.

For donate to KDNK Foundation and for more information, please contact to KDNK’s members.

In France:
Dr. CHEN Chanratana (Founder)
Tel: +33 6 18 02 86 12 / +855 98 64 55 55

In Cambodia
Mr. NHEM Vibol (Vice-Director)
Tel: +855 12 68 82 19

Ms. ROEUNG Kannytha (Vice-Director)
Tel: +855 16 616 316

Mr. HONG Hov (Technical)
Tel: +855 85 53 33 54

Mrs. ENG Leakhena (In charge of researching)
Tel: +855 16 81 44 04

Mrs. CHEN Chansuda (In charge of Arts and Performance)
Tel: +855 16 32 31 46

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New gallery for Neolithic site in Penang

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An archaeological gallery will be set up for the Guar Kepah site in Penang, a Neolithic shell midden site. It appears that the shell middens were also used as burial mounds.

Guar Kepah excavation, The Sun 20120227

Guar Kepah excavation, The Sun 20120227

New gallery to showcase 6,000-year-old culture
The Sun, 27 February 2012
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Philippine National Museum to excavate two more balanghai boats

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The Philippine National Museum announced that they will excavate two more balanghai (balangay) boats in Butuan City. 3 out of the original 9 found were first excavated in 1986 and the oldest dates to the 4th century.

Butuuan Boat at the National Museum of the Philippines

Butuuan Boat at the National Museum of the Philippines

National Museum to dig 2 more balanghai boats in Butuan
MindaNews, 25 February 2012

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Sarawak Museum to reacquire Niah Cave bones from US

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The Sarawak Museum announced a plan to repatriate a set of bones from the Niah Cave that were placed in the custody of the University of Nevada, Los Vegas (the article writes Los Angeles?) in the 1960s.

Light Shining Through Niah Caves
photo credit: amanderson2

Sarawak Museum hopes to bring back Niah Caves relics from US
Borneo Post, 24 February 2012
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