Cambodia’s palm leaf manuscripts being lost to neglect and looting

From the Phnom Penh Post, 7 April 2017

Despite decades of efforts to preserve the Kingdom’s historic manuscripts, the majority have disappeared – lost to neglect, war and now a black market catering to tourists In Russian Market, among the variety of trinkets hawked to tourists as souvenirs, are items whose cultural importance seems to have gone unnoticed by buyers, vendors and indifferent law enforcement.

Source: A ‘crime’ against local history: Cambodia’s lost manuscripts, Post Weekend, Phnom Penh Post

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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