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
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
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 Vietnam Net, 23 August 2018:
Three excavations saw archaeologists find statues of animals, ceramics and roof tiles.
The finding at Phong Le Village is believed to be the site of a Cham place of worship from the 10th to 11th century.
Cham is an indigenous group of Vietnam and Cambodia, who formed an independent kingdom from the 2nd to 17th centuries AD.
Source: Vestige of Cham towers unveiled in Da Nang – News VietNamNet
via Khmer Times, 24 August 2018:
Ha Long Bay. Source: Khmer Times 20180824
Cambodia and Vietnam should work together to promote their popular tourist draws, particularly Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam, and the Angkor archaeological complex in Siem Reap, according to a Vietnamese official.
Nguyen Khao Thai, an official at the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communication, proposed the idea.
“Ha Long Bay, is one of the most beautiful bays and a Unesco-listed site that attracts around 7 million local and foreign tourists every year.
“Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is also a Unesco site that attracts millions of tourists, so both countries should jointly promote tourism packages to these destinations to increase the number of visitors.”
Source: Vietnam, Cambodia should cooperate in tourism: official – Khmer Times
The Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project needs your help! In 2016 and 2017 the VMAP team identified a neolithic site (estimated 3000BP) at a modern burial ground at Minh Chau on Quan Lan Island. In 2018 the team carried out limited excavations to gain an understanding of the deposit and it boundaries. VMAP needs financial or institutional support for large scale excavations at this emerging site. For three years the project has been funded through the generosity of individual participants with some assistance from Minelab Electronics and Send-To, however if we cannot raise the funds necessary to carry out excavations at Minh Chau in 2019 the project will be ‘parked’. The VMAP team will continue with research into the ancient port of Van Don in 2019. If anyone has any ideas about how to fund the continuing excavations at Minh Chau please contact the project coordinator Bob Sheppard at email@example.com
via Vietnam Net, 13 July 2018:
The Vuon Chuoi archaeological site, though the most important and largest relic complex of the pre-Dong Son and Dong Son Cultures (700 BC – AD 100) in Vietnamese history, has long been on the brink of being wiped out.
Source: Hanoi’s first human settlement under threat | Vietnam Net
via Vietnam Net, 27 June 2018
VietNamNet Bridge – Authorities in the central province of Thanh Hoa have approved a plan to excavate an ancient citadel with unique architecture in Southeast Asia.
Source: Thanh Hoa Province approves excavation of Ho Dynasty citadel
via Viet Nam News, 11 May 2018:
The central province, in co-operation with the Institute for Conservation of Monuments under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, will begin an urgent project to protect B3 tower in the UNESCO-recognised Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary from collapse before rainy season.
Source: Chăm tower to be reinforced