Public lecture: Ancient Fansur, Aceh’s ‘Atlantis’

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Readers in Singapore may be interested in a talk by Dr. E. Edwards McKinnon on the ancient (and possibly submerged) site of Fansur.

Ancient Fansur, Aceh’s ‘Atlantis’: The Case for Lhok Pancu / Indrapurwa
Dr E. Edwards McKinnon
Date: 03 May 2013
Time: 3.30 – 5.00 pm
Venue: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, Seminar Room II

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Now that’s a lot of rock art

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Something I’m working on at the moment is to try georeferencing every mention of a rock art site in Southeast Asia on a Google Earth map. Here’s the current work in progres:

Rock Art Sites in SEA

Rock Art Sites in SEA

Reds are painted and drawn sites, Blues are petroglyphs, and Greens are megaliths. I have been on record before saying there are at least 400-600 known sites in the region. My current count is somewhere close to 1,400.

Now that’s a lot of rock art.

‘Doorstep’ from Sri Lanka sells for £500,000 in auction

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A carved stone step from Sri Lanka that was used as a doorstep by a family in Exeter turns out to be a rare Buddhist temple step from Anuradhapura and has gone for over £500,000 at an auction.

Temple step from Sri Lanka, Daily Mail 2013042

Temple step from Sri Lanka, Daily Mail 2013042

1,300-year-old Buddhist temple stone used by family as a doorstep sells for £500,000 at auction after BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and Sotheby’s turned it away
Daily Mail, 23 April 2013
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Preah Vihear hearings come to a close, ICJ to come to a ruling in months

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Cambodia and Thailand finished up their arguments before the ICJ in The Hague last Friday and will await a ruling in the next few months. Here’s the last bit of news on the affair from both sides of the media.

Thailand satisfied with legal team statement on Preah Vihear case
MCOT, 18 April 2013

Thailand swings back at Preah Vihear claims
Phnom Penh Post, 18 April 2013

‘No collusion’ over Preah Vihear
Bangkok Post, 21 April 2013

Cooperation key at Preah Vihear, whatever ICJ decides
Bangkok Post, 22 April 2013

Cambodia, Thailand to keep calm over border row regardless of ICJ’s decision
Xinhua, 22 April 2013

University of Wollongong to help work on Sumatra cave excavations

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The Indonesian National Research and Development Center for Archaeology and University of Wollongong’s Centre for Archaeological Science will collaborate on the Gua Harimau site in Sumatra.

Art, bodies found in ancient caves
Illawara Mercury, 11 April 2013
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