Myanmar, Germany to jointly conserve cultural heritage

via Xinhua, 21 Feb 2018:

Myanmar and Germany have agreed to jointly conserve the cultural heritage of Bagan in northern Mandalay region, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.

According to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Tuesday, Germany will provide technical aid to conduct a project of conserving the Nanpaya Temple, one of the 389 pagodas destroyed following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 24 in 2016.

A training program for maintaining and preserving murals in the Narathihapate Pagoda will also be carried out, the MoU said.

Source: Myanmar, Germany to jointly conserve cultural heritage | Xinhua

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM CATALOGUE OF PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED DATA FROM THAI-AUSTRALIAN EXCAVATIONS IN THAILAND

via the Western Australian Museum: This report has been collated for the purpose of completing the record of artefacts recovered during excavations undertaken by joint Thai-Australian expeditions in the 1980s. This group represented the Thai Fine Arts Department Underwater Archaeology Division, Silapakorn University, the Thai Ceramic Archaeological Project, the Western Australian Museum, the Australian (now Australasian) Institute for Archaeology, the University of Adelaide, the Art Gallery of South Australia and on occasion, participants of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMO), Special Project in Archaeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA). Participants represented Thailand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Canada, Poland and the United States of America. Included is information recorded by the author whilst participating in excavations of kiln sites at Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai Province and the Bang Rachan or Mae Nam Noi Kiln site, Singburi Province, Thailand during the 1980s. A brief visit was also made to the Ban Bang Pun Kiln site, Suphanburi. The author was also privileged to have been given access to the ceramic sherd collection of the National Museum of the Philippines, Manila and those of the regional museums of Butuan and Cebu cities.

Archaeologists find two historic cannons at Fort Cornwallis

via The Malaysian Insight, 20 Feb 2018

EXCAVATION works at the historic Fort Cornwallis in George Town, Penang, has unearthed two East India Company (EIC)-era cannons over two centuries old. Both bear the insignia “GR” – Georgius…

Source: Archaeologists find two historic cannons at Fort Cornwallis

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Two centuries of Thai-American friendship

via Bangkok Post, 20 Feb 2018: Part of the celebrations include a US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) allocation to restore and conserve Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya, which was damaged by floods in 2011.

To commemorate the bicentennial of diplomatic ties between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand, the US government and the US Embassy and Consulate in Thailand have been organising various activities in celebration of the important occasion.

Source: Two centuries of Thai-American friendship

Shops near Bagan’s pagodas to be moved

via Myanmar Times, 20 Feb 2018: Moving shops away from the temples in preparation for assessment by Unesco for World Heritage Listing.

Arrangements are underway to relocate shops located around 17 pagodas in Bagan – including famous ones, said U San Tun, leader of the shop owners’ association.

Source: Shops near Bagan’s pagodas to be moved

Long thought to have been Cambodia’s capital during a ‘dark age’, digs are unearthing Longvek’s place as a centre of global trade

via Phnom Penh Post, 19 Feb 2018: A feature on the archaeological investigations at the 16th century capital of Longvek, which is conducted by the Cambodian, Australian and Japanese team.

The town of Longvek, in Kampong Tralach district, is picturesque but unremarkable. Cows graze between rice paddies and stilted wooden homes dot the landscape. It is hard to imagine that it was once home to a great capital city – surrounded by earthen walls, moats and forest – where merchant ships from as far as Holland and Spain would cast their anchors on the nearby Tonle Sap river.

Source: Long thought to have been Cambodia’s capital during a ‘dark age’, digs are unearthing Longvek’s place as a centre of global trade

Three buildings damaged in Ayutthaya temple fire

via Bangkok Post, 18 Feb 2018:

AYUTTHAYA: Three ancient Thai-style wooden buildings inside Wat Senasanaram Ratchavoraviharn in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district of this former capital were damaged by a fire early on Sunday. Nobody was hurt.

Source: Three buildings damaged in Ayutthaya temple fire

Nan Museum ‘renovation’ comes under fire

via Bangkok Post, 17 Feb 2018:

After being closed for three years for renovations that cost 34.8 million baht, the Nan National Museum has recently reopened — only to be greeted with trenchant criticism over the outcome of the refurbishment.

Source: Museum ‘renovation’ comes under fire

US team offers to help with Bagan murals

via Myanmar Times, 16 Feb 2018

A team of US experts could assist with the preservation of ancient pagodas and buildings in Bagan noted for their murals, U Aung Aung Kyaw, director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum told The Myanmar Times on Wednesday.

Source: US team offers to help with Bagan murals

Tracing the tangled tracks of humankind’s evolutionary journey

via The Guardian, 12 Feb 2018: A good simple primer on what we currently know about human evolution.

The path from ape to modern human is not a linear one. Hannah Devlin looks at what we know – and what might be next for our species

Source: Tracing the tangled tracks of humankind’s evolutionary journey