via The Diplomat, 02 Feb 2018: Featuring Sylvain Vogel’s work on the Bunong people of Cambodia, who are a minority group and known for their skill in catching elephants. The Bunong are also mentioned in Latinis et al’s recent work about elephant rock art in Cambodia.
A French linguist’s quest to document the dying language of Cambodia’s Bunong people.
Source: Sylvain Vogel’s World of Extreme Linguistics
via Bangkok Post, 11 Feb 2018: Click on the link below to see the video story about archaeology in Mae Hong Son Province, Northern Thailand.
The discovery of a hidden cemetary in Pang Ma Pha district of Mae Hong Son brings past realities alive. — Jetjaras Na Ranong and Apinya Wipatayotin
Source: Finding common ground
via Matichon, 10 Feb 2018: Excavation in Surat Thani Province. Article is in Thai
Source: ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ “สปาฟา” ยกย่องกรมศิลป์สุดทุ่มเทขุดเขาศรีวิชัย เผย 20 ปีเจอของเป็นตัน ลั่นพร้อมร่วมมือศึกษา
via The Nation, 09 February 2018: The situation in Bangkok’s Mahakan Fort community looks increasingly worse as the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority backtracks on past promises and demolishes one of the most iconic houses in the 100-year-old community.
The demolition on Thursday of the “landmark” House No 99 in Bangkok’s Mahakan Fort community did not bode well for the remaining 15 antique wooden homes, independent city-planning expert Paranee Sawadirak said.
Source: Mahakan Fort community loses ‘landmark’ House 99 – The Nation
via Netral News, 10 February 2018:
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has targeted the visits of two million tourists to Borobudur Temple, which could roughly create revenue of IDR14 trillion for the region.
Source: Netralnews.com – Tourism Ministry Eyes Two Million Tourists to Visit Borobudur This Year
via VOA News, 09 February 2018:
Many of the more obvious artifacts of mass crimes, torture implements, shackles, documents, were immediately preserved in the genocide museum set up inside S-21 by the Vietnamese administrators who occupied Cambodia, but the clothes were largely ignored.
All were virtually untouched for 40 years. Many of the garments began to deteriorate due to the effects of climate and haphazard handling.
Now this is changing, as the garments’ value as evidence and cultural artifacts is being recognized. Beginning late last month, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which is administered by Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture, began a multi-year project to conserve 3,000 to 5,000 cloth artifacts, funded with a $55,000 grant from the U.S. government. For the first time, the clothes will be sorted, preserved, and, in some cases, displayed as part of the memorial to the 1.7 million Cambodians who died, about 25 percent of the population, during Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime between 1975-1979.
Source: Cambodia’s Genocide Museum Conserves Clothing of Khmer Rouge Victims | VOA News
via The Nation, 09 Feb 2018: The Culture Ministry is calling for the return of 11th-century stone lintel that originated at Prasat Khao Lon in Sra Kaew, but it’s now in permanent collections at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
The Culture Ministry is expediting the process seeking the return of more than 100 ancient Thai artefacts from overseas.
Source: Culture Ministry calls for return of ancient Thai artefacts from US museums – The Nation
via Khmer Times, 9 Feb 2018: What, you mean Tomb Raider doesn’t count?
Deputy Prime Minister says that the Ministry of Culture should produce a big budget film documenting the Angkor temples.
Source: Big budget Angkor Wat film proposed – Khmer Times
via Netral News, 08 February 2018:
Residents began arriving to take a closer look at the discovery site of the brick structure that is suspected as an AlasTrik Site in Kedung Bocok Village, Sidoarjo, East Java.
Source: Netralnews.com – Residents Find Ancient Site of Majapahit Kingdom
See also: Cultural Heritage Preservation Hall Confirms Trik Site is Part of Majapahit Kingdom | Netralnews.com, 09 Feb 2019
via Science Daily, 06 Feb 2018: The Toba supereruption on the island of Sumatra about 74,000 years ago did not cause a six-year-long ‘volcanic winter’ in East Africa and thereby cause the human population in the region to plummet, according to new research based on an analysis of ancient plant remains from lake cores. The new findings disagree with the Toba catastrophe hypothesis, which says the eruption and its aftermath caused drastic, multi-year cooling and severe ecological disruption in East Africa.
The Toba supereruption on the island of Sumatra about 74,000 years ago did not cause a six-year-long ‘volcanic winter’ in East Africa and thereby cause the human population in the region to plummet, according to new research based on an analysis of ancient plant remains from lake cores. The new findings disagree with the Toba catastrophe hypothesis, which says the eruption and its aftermath caused drastic, multi-year cooling and severe ecological disruption in East Africa.
Source: No volcanic winter in East Africa from ancient Toba eruption: The supereruption 74,000 years ago did not trigger major environmental disruption that caused human populations in East Africa to decline, say geoscientists.