Follow live updates from IPPA2018 in Hue, Vietnam

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Live updates from IPPA2018

Live updates from IPPA2018

The 21st Congress of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association is happening in Hue, Vietnam from 23-28 September 2018. The congress is one of the largest gatherings of archaeologists in the Asia-Pacific region, and there will be much new knowledge shared during these few days (and undoubtedly, much beer imbibed as well). You can follow the conference real-time on Twitter using the hashtag #ippa2018, or, bookmark this page to see whenever the hashtag is being used.

Special thanks to the IPPA2018 Twitter contributors including Melandri Vlok (@BoneGuerilla), Marie Sioco (@MLAntoinettte), Michael Leadbetter (@M1ke_Pb), Monica Tromp (@Monica_Tromp), Sian Halcrow (@ancientchildren), Adeline Alison (@adeline_alison), Belinda Duke (@BelindaJDuke) and of course, myself (@seaarch).

Opportunity: The MaP Practicum Grants 2018

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via the MaP Fund. Grants available for attending an advanced practicum in Maritime Archaeology. Candidates from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand are encouraged to apply.

In order to further the objectives of the MaP Fund we are offering two (2) grants (each of up to AU$1,000) for:

one (1) early career researcher (less then 5 years since award of PhD) or early career practitioner (less than 5 years working) who is working as a maritime archaeologist or in a closely related position for a museum, university or government agency in Asia or the Pacific (not including the USA, Australia or New Zealand)


one (1) graduate or postgraduate student resident in Asia or the Pacific  region (not including the USA, Australia or New Zealand).and who is currently studying either maritime archaeology OR archaeology and who intends to go on to study maritime archaeology.

Applicants living and working in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand are particularly encouraged to apply

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Sri Thep proposed as World Heritage Site

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via Bangkok Post, 18 September 2018: Thailand intends to nominate Si Thep as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Si Thep. Source: vivelevelo

Si Thep. Source: vivelevelo

Thailand is preparing to propose Sri Thep Historical Park in Phetchabun as a World Heritage Site, following on the footsteps of the 700-year-old city of Sukhothai and Ban Chiang archaeological site in Udon Thani.

Sri Thep Historical Park has been listed as a national archeological site since 1935.

The ancient city was once an important cultural centre in the region, spanning across parts of the lower north provinces of Thailand, including Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Tak, Sukhothai and Uttaradit.

Source: Sri Thep proposed as World Heritage Site | Bangkok Post: news

photo by: vivelevelo

SPAFACON2019 Call for Sessions

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It’s back! The 3rd SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology will be held next year from 17-19 June 2019 (with optional site visits and workshops on 20-21). This time, the conference is jointly organised by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) and the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture, Thailand. Disclosure: SEAMEO SPAFA is my employer, and I am part of the organising committee of the conference.

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Right now we are accepting proposals for sessions and also starting up a mailing list for conference announcements. For more information on either, please visit the official conference website:

French article on tourism stresses in Angkor

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Overtourism at Angkor. Source: Paris Match, 16 Sep 2018

via Paris Match, 16 Sep 2018: An article in French about how tourism is stressing out the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Overtourism at Angkor. Source: Paris Match, 16 Sep 2018

Overtourism at Angkor. Source: Paris Match, 16 Sep 2018

C’est le plus vaste site archéologique au monde et l’un des plus visités. Mais 5 millions de touristes par an, dont un afflux brutal de visiteurs chinois depuis 10 ans, l’ont transformé en un parc d’attraction effrayant. Au point de menacer l’existence même de ce joyau.

Source: Cambodge : Stop ou… Angkor !

Categories: Angkor Cambodia Tourism

A ‘Disneyland’ version of Angkor in China

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Replica Angkor Wat in Nanning City, Guanxi, China. Source: CNN, 13 Sept 2018

via Cambodia News, 13 September 2018: Angkor What? A new tourist attraction in Nanning City in Guangxi, China, contains replicas of the famous architecture of Angkor. The news article below doesn’t make it clear, but is seems that this is part of an ASEAN theme park featuring replicas of other famous locations in Southeast Asia. I wonder what the reactions from Cambodia are. For context, a group in India had announced in 2015 that they were going to build a Hindu temple in Bihar in the style of Angkor Wat (see also here). This idea was not well-received in Cambodia (see also here, here, here, here and here).

Replica Angkor Wat in Nanning City, Guanxi, China. Source: Cambodia News English, 13 Sept 2018

Replica Angkor Wat in Nanning City, Guanxi, China. Source: Cambodia News English, 13 Sept 2018

Nanning, in Guangxi Province,China now has a new attraction; an Angkor Wat complex. Visitors can’t tell whether they are in Cambodia or Nanning.

In Nanning City, Guangxi, a paradise is known as the Cambodian and Chinese cottage version of the “Angkor Wat” complex. The imitation is fascinating, and the tourists are said to be unclear in Cambodia or Nanning.

Source: Angkor What? Faux Temple Complex Opens in China

Chiang Mai bids to become Thailand’s sixth protected site

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via The Nation, 12 September 2018: Chiang Mai prepares to be nominated for Unesco World Heritage Status.

THE CHIANG MAI World Heritage Working Group has completed its paperwork and is ready to make its submission this month to Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) to make Chiang Mai a world heritage city, Woralun Boonyasurat, head of the Thai Art Department at Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, said yesterday.

Source: Chiang Mai bids to become Thailand’s sixth protected site

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China helps others restore heritage sites

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via The Nation, 12 September 2018: The team from China marks to completion of restorations to the Ta Keo temple in Angkor.

Construction of Ta Keo as a “state temple” began during the reign of Jayavarman V, a ruler during the Khmer Empire (802-1431). Covering 46,000 square meters, the site is generally considered one of the most magnificent temple-mountains in Angkor.The term temple-mountain refers to the style for the construction of state temples during the Khmer Empire, which was influenced by Indian temple architecture.”It’s important evidence showing the transition of architectural styles from the early-stage Angkor sites with typical Hindu characters from India to the later ones featuring local Buddhism,” Yuan said.Ta Keo is also believed to be the first temple built entirely from sandstone in the Khmer Empire.However, when the academy started restoration work, experts had to sift through tens of thousands of fallen stones and largely collapsed halls, corridors and turrets.”We had to find the right stones in the rubble and put them back,” Yuan said. “Everything has to be concise. But restoration is far more than putting the fallen stones back. The bulk of the work is done through detailed research before the engineers start.”

Source: China helps others restore heritage sites

Categories: Angkor Cambodia


[Talk] Looking Beyond the Temples: Exploring the Residences of the Ancient Angkorians

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Readers in New York may be interested in this talk by Dr Alison Carter at the Archaeological Society of Staten Island on Sunday, 16 September.

Looking Beyond the Temples: Exploring the Residences of the Ancient Angkorians
Dr. Alison Carter
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Oregon

Angkor, centered in the modern nation of Cambodia, was one of the largest pre-industrial settlements in the world and has been the focus of more than a century of epigraphic, art historical, and architectural research. However, few scholars have examined the lives of the people who built the temples, kept the shrines running, produced the food, and managed the water. This presentation will focus on Dr. Carter’s recent work with the Greater Angkor Project examining Angkorian habitation areas and specifically the excavation of a house mound within the Angkor Wat temple enclosure. Through this multidisciplinary research, we aim to better understand the nature and timing of occupation within the Angkor Wat temple enclosure and the types of activities taking place within an Angkorian household.

Source: September 2018: Dr. Alison Carter, “Looking Beyond the Temples: Exploring the Residences of the Ancient Angkorians” | Archaeology Society of Staten Island

[Job] Visiting Fellow (Archaeologist) – Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre

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via the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre. Position open for an archaeologist with a PhD. Applications close on 15 October 2018.

The Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre (NSC) invites Archaeologists to apply for the post of Visiting Fellow:

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and conduct the annual NSC Field School for undergraduate-level students in a Southeast Asian country.
  • In-charge of editing and soliciting papers for the Archaeological Report Series.
  • Conduct and publish original archaeological research on Southeast Asia while at NSC.
  • Assist NSC in the organisation and management of conferences, workshops and seminars.
  • Contribute to ISEAS collective research and public outreach efforts.


  • A PhD. in Archaeology
  • Expertise in Southeast Asian archaeology and/or premodern history.
  • Experience in conducting archaeological excavations or field work in Southeast Asia.
  • Good organisational and student-management skills.
  • High level of editorial and writing skills in English.
  • Ability to speak a Southeast Asian language preferred.
  • Positive work attitude, great communication skills, and ability to work under tight schedule.

A remuneration package commensurate with experience and ability will be provided. Contract for two years with option for renewal. Those interested are invited to submit a cover letter; updated CV; research proposal; two sample writings; and two reference letters to:

Senior Manager (HR),
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute,
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace,
Singapore 119614
Or email to