Public Lecture: Phnom Penh Past and Present

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Something I’ve been organising as part of my work at SEAMEO SPAFA – a series of lectures on the capitals of Southeast Asia. If you’re in Bangkok next week, come join us for a lecture on the archaeology and urban conservation of Phnom Penh.

Capitals Archaeology Lectures Series – Phnom Penh: Past & Present
Venue: The Siam Society
Date: 11 August 2015
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm

The SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) and the Siam Society will organize two lectures on the archaeology and urban conservation of Phnom Penh, as part of SEAMEO SPAFA’s lecture series on the archaeology and development of the Capitals of Southeast Asia. The second set of lectures, focusing on Phnom Penh, will be delivered on Tuesday 11th August 2015 at 18.30-20.30 hrs. at the Siam Society. The event is free of charge.

18.30-19.30 hrs. “The Archaeology of Cheung Ek in Phnom Penh”
Mr Phon Kaseka, Director, Department of Archaeology, Royal Academy of Cambodia

19.30-20.30 hrs. “Urban Conservation in Phnom Penh”
Mrs. Sisowath Men Chendevy, Director of the Heritage Center Cambodia and Vice-Rector of the Royal University of Fine Arts

Phon Kaseka is the Director of the Archaeology Department and a PhD candidate at the Royal Academy of Cambodia. His work at Cheung Ek began in 2004-2005 with support from the NAGA Research Group. This work continued in 2007 on a project undertaking archaeological investigation and cultural resource management and was supported financially by the US Embassy. Later surveys and excavations at Cheung Ek in 2012 and 2013 were supported by the Friends of Khmer Culture and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Since 2014, he is conducting archaeological surveys and mapping along the Dangrek Range.

Sisowath Men Chandevy is Director of the Heritage Center in Cambodia, overseeing two missions set up in the cooperation with the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and the French Embassy. The first mission concentrates on the preservation of the architectural and urban heritage in Phnom Penh, and the second one is the Regional Heritage School for Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. She is preparing to defend her thesis for a State diploma in Architecture from France (Toulouse), specialized in the conservation and the restoration of the heritage buildings