via Perspectives on the Past in New Mandala: Michael Leadbetter highlights some of the interesting sessions at the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Congress in Hue, Vietnam happening next week. It is a very large conference with many concurrent sessions, so if you aren’t in Hue (or even if you are) you can follow the live tweets on the #IPPA2018 coverage page.
The most important conference for Asia-Pacific archaeology, heritage & museums is in Vietnam from 23 to 28 September. PoP takes a look at the Southeast Asia sessions & papers we are most excited about.
Source: PoP Picks @ IPPA2018 – New Mandala
Highlighting a new and very significant web resource, the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture’s Repository of research. The link below is the search result for all things related to archaeology deposited in the Institute’s Repository – about 400 items! This is a great initiative, and I wish more countries and institutions would do the same.
Source: Search results for arkeologi – Repositori Institusi Perpustakaan Kemendikbud
via VNE and other sources, 19 September 2018: Vietnamese arhaeologists announce the discovery of Neolithic human remains in a volcanic cave in Dak Nong Province.
Source: VNE, 20180919
The remains of 10 Neolithic humans have been found along with thousands of artifacts in the most bountiful archeological site in the region.
Scientists announced on Tuesday the results of their excavation in the Krong No volcanic cave in Dak Nong Province, in the southwest of the Central Highlands at the tail end of the Truong Son mountain chain.
Krong No is a volcanic cave system that has made headlines for its impressive scale and length. The 25-kilometer cave, the longest in Southeast Asia, starts at the Choar volcanic crater and stretches along the Serepok River, ending at Dray Sap waterfall.
Source: Ancient skeletons discovered in Vietnam cave – VnExpress International
via Bangkok Post, 19 and 20 September 2018: Residents in Phimai are protesting against the local Fine Arts Department head over plans to demarcate the entire municipality of Phimai as a historical site.
Villagers opposed to the declaration of Phimai municipality, with its iconic Khmer temple ruins, as a historical site rally in front of the local fine arts office, demanding the chief’s removal, on Tuesday.(Source: Prasit Tangprasert, Bangkok Post 20180919
The Fine Arts Department infuriated many residents in Phimai municipality when it announced earlier it would proceed with the redemarcation of the historical area because nobody had raised objections to the plan within the set 30-day period.
Many residents want only the Khmer temple ruins in Phimai Historical Park and the ancient ponds as a historical site, not the whole municipality.
The protestors say that becuse of Mr Jaruk they live “without confidence and feeling insecure” for fear of eviction, because the new, expanded historical site would include their land and property.
Source: Phimai residents seek official’s ouster in historical-site row | Bangkok Post: news ; Phimai locals step up site plan protest | Bangkok Post: news
via SEA GLobe, 19 Sep 2018: SEA Globe reports some perspectives from Cambodians about the Angkor Wat replica in China that was previously reported – I called it a ‘Disneyland’ in the previous post.
A Chinese replica of Angkor Wat, built for the annual China-Asean exposition, has attracted the ire of many Cambodians who feel it offends their heritage
Source: Chinese theme park risks offending Cambodians with Angkor Wat replica
via Science Daily/ANU, 20 September 2018: A new paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science shows evidence for a rapid population growth in Southeast Asia around 4,000 years ago using an analysis that takes into account the proportion of children and infants in population measurements.
Clare McFadden, lead author. Source: ANU
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered a previously unconfirmed population boom across South East Asia that occurred 4,000 years ago, thanks to a new method for measuring prehistoric population growth.
Using the new population measurement method, which utilises human skeletal remains, they have been able to prove a significant rapid increase in growth across populations in Thailand, China and Vietnam during the Neolithic Period, and a second subsequent rise in the Iron Age.
Source: Southeast Asian population boomed 4,000 years ago — ScienceDaily
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).
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
via Bangkok Post, 18 September 2018: Thailand intends to nominate Si Thep as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
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
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.
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: http://www.seameo-spafa.org/conference2019/