A few interesting things I’ve come across lately:
-I have been reading a Vietnamese archaeology blog called Archaeological Highlights for a few months now. The author appears to be an archaeologist and she travels around to different excavations, posts photos of their work, as well as links to articles. It’s written in Vietnamese (which I don’t know) but Google Translate does an OK job of getting the meaning across. Lately she’s been discussing the discovery of an ancient amaranth grain (possibly several thousand years old) that has actually sprouted! There is some concern that it might be a modern grain that has contaminated the ancient finds, but they are currently working on dating their samples. More is also written about the grain here.
–Eye on East Asia has a fairly regular feature rounding up archaeology stories from East Asia. Add it to your RSS feed!
-The Phnom Kulen project, which I wrote about earlier here, has a new website! In addition to an archaeological project, they also have a development project to benefit people living around the archaeological sites. I am a big fan of this kind of ethical archaeology.
-This WSJ article on Vann Molyvann and his buildings had a link to the Vann Molyvann project, which describes itself as: “a team of Cambodian and American architects and students working in Phnom Penh. We began work on July 1, 2009 and will continue until September 30, 2010 at which point the drawings, models and photographs we generate will be presented at the French Cultural Centre in Phnom Penh. Publication of a monograph is to follow. Any proceeds from the effort will be used to support architectural and arts education in Cambodia.” They are still looking for donations to support their project.
There’s an English news report on the Vietnamese amaranth (or is it rice?): http://english.vietnamnet.vn/tech/201006/3000yearold-paddies-to-be-tested-for-date-915126/