Noel Hidalgo Tan

About SEAArch>> The Southeast Asian Archaeology newsblog was started in May 2006 to help me keep track of the archaeology news in the Southeast Asia. Archaeology is a relatively young discipline in Southeast Asia today, and also one of the field’s most exciting frontiers. Even as many questions remain unanswered, it is becoming more and more apparent how diverse – yet closely interconnected – the region is. SEAArch initially began as a personal effort to learn more about the archaeology of Southeast Asia by keeping track of news, but has since expanded to cover podcasts, links and books as well.

About Me>> My name is Noel Hidalgo Tan and I am the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at the SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts. I graduated with a PhD from the Australian National University in 2014, researching the rock art of Southeast Asia, and working in sites across Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand. I previously completed my MA at the Centre for Global Archaeological Research at Universiti Sains Malaysia (Penang, Malaysia) in 2010 where I investigated the rock art site of Gua Tambun, in Perak, Malaysia. My other research interests include the archaeology of Singapore, the inter-linkings of politics and archaeology and photography in archaeology.

You can visit my professional research profiles on LinkedIn, Academeia.edu, ResearchGate and Google Scholar.
This site is run in my personal capacity, and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the organisations that I am affiliation to, in particular, SEAMEO-SPAFA and the Australian National University.

About the news>> The bulk of this blog carries archaeology news from Southeast Asia, and in that way I act as a human aggregator for news. Many of these news articles are current at the time of posting, and in some cases they are only online for a few days or weeks. I try not to post the full story online, and I believe that my republishing of such news falls under the category of fair use as I always provide a link to the source. If you find a story here that you might want to read but is no longer available, you can try emailing me to see if i’ve a copy.

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7 thoughts on “About”

  1. 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. Hello,

    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. 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. 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 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

  6. 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.

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