About SEAArch>> The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog was started in 2006 to help me keep track of the archaeology news in the Southeast Asia. Archaeology is a relatively young discipline in Southeast Asia and also one of the field’s most exciting frontiers. Even as many questions remain unanswered, it is apparent how diverse – yet closely interconnected – the region is. SEAArch began as a personal effort to keep track of the news, but has expanded to cover all aspects of archaeology in the region.

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    Comments 9

    1. emma curyer says:

      Hi, my name is Emma Curyer and I am currently in my second year of Studying a
      Bachelor of Archaeology at Flinders University in Adeliade, SA. I’m writing an
      essay for Maritime Archaeology on the exhibition:Lost for 500 years…Sunken
      Treasures of Brunei Daruddalam, which was at your museum as a temporary
      exhibition until 27 April 2004. I was just wondering if you would be able to
      send me any information on how the actual exhibition was carried out or any
      relevant information on the exhibition’s process? I’ve had a look in a nummber
      of magazines and journals (ie.Signals, Quartely Magazine, No. 65 Dec. 2003-Feb.
      2004) & the Australian National Maritime Museum annual reports (i.e. for
      2003-2004)that have articles relating to the exhibition, but I hav’nt been able
      to find too much information on how the exhibition was actually put together. If
      you have any information that i might be able to access that would be greatly
      appreciated. From Emma Curyer.
      Ps- I sent an emial to Jeffrey Mellefont from ANMM and he said that the exhibition was a “buy in” and so they don’t have any documents on how the exhibition was put together, so i was just wondersing if you had an exhibition development brief (or verbal iinfo) on the actual putting together of the exhibition. i tried sending an email to Art Exhibitions Australia but they havn’t replied. idf you can help in any way that would be great thanks.

    2. Andrew Raven says:


      My name is Andrew Raven and I’m a reporter/editor living in Hanoi. I was interested in doing a story on the discovery of a 4,000-year-old skeleton in northern Vietnam. (It was unearthed sometime this week). The hilly region around where the skeleton was found is scheduled to be flooded sometime in the near future by a dam and it seems that archaeologists believe there are more remains/artefacts out there.

      Anyway, I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of an English-speaking archeaologist – preferably Vietnamese – who could speak about this. I understand there is a Vietnamese Archaeoligical Institute, though I have not been able to find much on them.

      Any help would be much appreciated. Sincerely,

      Andrew Raven

    3. Veronica Walker says:

      Cheers! I would like to thank you for the effort of keeping up this newsblog, it’s quite useful, I have added you to rss so I can keep up. My name is Veronica, I from Spain. I am doing an MA in Maritime Archaeology at University College London, and I’m mostly interested in Southeast Asia. I am interested in Spanish and Portuguese voyages to Cambodia and Malaysia but any news of the area are always welcome! I am very disappointed to find so little information on maritime SE Asia! One of my main interests is protection and management of cultural heritage and I have strong issues against treasure hunters looting the area posing as archaeologists but expecting to gain profits for selling public heritage! I’ll keep an eye on the site and maybe we can keep in contact for future reference, there aren’t that many people working in this field!

    4. Seah Yi Xin says:

      Hi I’m Yi Xin, final year student Interior Architecture and Design student in Singapore. I am interested in finding out information of archaelogy in Singapore as I would like to design a museum to display rare findings/collections of people that would speak of Singapore heritage and culture . If possible, can you recommend anyone you know of that has this kind of collections?

      Look forward to your reply.. any help will be much appreciated!

    5. Hi Yi Xin,

      I tried to email you but my message bounced back. Could you send me an email at seaarch [at] gmail [dot] com please?

    6. Victor Gabriel says:

      Hi Noel! My name is Victor. My PhD thesis is on the growth of Buddhism in Southeast asia before 1600s. I am back in Singapore for the holidays till 28 Dec and would like to meet up. Please email me or call me at 96570721
      Cheers, Victor

    7. Kosal Mey says:

      Hi Noel, again my name Kosal living in Cambodia. since this year I feel love to study the Asian history, especially Khmer Empire. So hope if you have some question you may help me find out the way to find some documents.
      Thanks a lot.

    8. Hello Noel,
      My name is Mahesh Sriram, from Chennai, Southern India. I am visiting Phnom Phen and Siem Reap soon and very keen on visiting archaeological sites and museums that have remnants and artifacts of Funan. Are there Funnan artefacts in the national museum. Are there any sites in vicinity of these two cities. Like a day trip ? I also hear about a large stone stele / tablet with Pallava Granta Scripts / Sanskrit language, is that in the National Museum. Regards, Mahesh

    9. Noel Tan says:

      Hi Mahesh, sorry for the late reply. Yes, the National Museum in Phnom Penh would be your best bet!

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