Special Antiquity feature on Angkor Wat

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The latest issue of Antiquity has a special section featuring the latest research on Angkor Wat, which is written by a number of my colleagues and friends. Among the papers discussed are the discovery of towers and previously unknown features within Angkor Wat, the results of the lidar scan in the greater Angkor region, and the fortification walls of Angkor Wat. Here are the links to the journal articles – the first paper is open access, but the rest unfortunately aren’t.


Angkor Wat: an introduction
Fletcher et al, doi:10.15184/aqy.2015.178

The landscape of Angkor Wat redefined
Evans and Fletcher, doi:10.15184/aqy.2015.157

The buried ‘towers’ of Angkor Wat
Sonnemann et al, doi: 10.15184/aqy.2015.179

Residential patterning at Angkor Wat
Stark et al, doi: 10.15184/aqy.2015.159

The fortification of Angkor Wat
Brotherson, doi: 10.15184/aqy.2015.140

Here are links to the news coverage so far:

New discoveries redefine Angkor Wat’s history
University of Sydney, 09 December 2015

Angkor Wat Yields Astounding Buried Towers & Spiral Structure
LiveScience, 09 December 2015

Angkor Wat Larger, More Complex Than Thought
Cambodia Daily, 10 December 2015

The temple of Angkor Wat was bounded by a ‘mysterious structure’ 1.5 km long
Business Insider, 10 December 2015

Discoveries reveal lost Angkor history
Phnom Penh Post, 11 December 2015

Cambodia: Huge structure discovered at Angkor Wat shows religious monument is more complex than thought
International Business Times, 11 December 2015

Archaeology: Angkor Wat in Cambodia Was Larger and Different Than Thought
Natural World News, 11 December 2015

A lot more than meets the eye
The Hindu, 11 December 2015

New Findings Might Reveal the People of Angkor Wat’s “Last Stand”
Gizmodo, 12 December 2015

Sri Lanka’s Jaffna Fort undergoing restoration

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Jaffna Fort under renovation. Source: The Sun 20151104

A piece about the restoration of Jaffna’s 17th century fort, which has over the years been damaged due to the civil unrest in Sri Lanka.

Jaffna Fort under renovation. Source: The Sun 20151104

Jaffna Fort under renovation. Source: The Sun 20151104

Sri Lanka’s icon of colonial rule rises from the rubble
The Sun Daily, 04 November 2015

As an army of labourers churns out limestone bricks, archaeologist Prashantha Mandawala reflects on the ambitious task of restoring Sri Lanka’s centuries-old Jaffna fort, destroyed by ethnic war.

The project has so far included the dangerous task of clearing unexploded mines and shells from the seafront site and scouring the northern Jaffna peninsula for scarce limestone bricks to use for the rebuilding.

Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil rebels laid siege to the European-built fort, branded a symbol of colonial oppression, during the conflict that raged on the island until 2009.

“There was damage due to the war. Artillery fire and things like that,” Mandawala, who is heading the mammoth restoration of the 17th-century complex.

“There was a lot of damage due to neglect also. Trees had grown inside causing damage to walls,” he said.

“Then there was also vandalism. Some people whose houses were damaged during the war had vandalised the fort to remove limestones to rebuild their homes.”

Full story here.

Exhibition showcases the 300 forts of Indonesia

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An exhibition at the HER.it.AGE Gallery in Jakarta showcases the results of an ongoing project do document Indonesia’s old forts, many of them built during the colonial period. 107 forts were recorded in Eastern Indonesia, and an additional 180 in the islands of Java and Sumatra.

Exhibit Maps Historic Forts
Jakarta Globe, 17 April 2009
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Unearthing Malacca's earliest skeletons


Remember the ancient bastions of fortress Malacca that was discovered late 2006 (see here and here)? There were also four 13th century skeletons discovered at the site, which was being analysed in the Centre for Archaeological Research Malaysia (where I’m based). They were having the press conference at the centre on Friday morning to announce the piece of news. Over the weekend, we also had the National Archaeology Seminar where we heard a paper presented about the skeletal finds from the site.

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Possible 19th-century fortress uncovered in Bangkok

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29 October 2007 (The Nation Multimedia, Bangkok Post) – What is thought to be a fortress built during the reign of King Rama IV (1808-1868) was unearthed during the construction of a government office in Bangkok.

Fortress built in King Rama IV era unearthed

The Khlong San District Office in Bangkok has already suspended the construction of its new building because the planned site now revealed a part of what was believed to be a historically-valuable fortress built in the reign of King Rama IV.

The planned site was located next to the Pongpajjamit Fort, which has been registered as a national historical site since 1949.

“That registration has not covered areas surrounding the fort,” Tharapong Srisuchart, who heads Fine Arts Department’s Office of Archaeology, said Monday.

He joined Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin and Culture Ministry permanent secretary Vira Rojpojchanarat during an inspection at the planned site for the new building of the Khlong San District Office Monday.

While the land on the planned site was being cleared, 98 ancient logs were found.

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