I wanted to link to the Vietnamese blog “Archaeological Highlights” as they have a post up now about a presentation given by the Thai archaeologist Boonyarit Chaisuwan about looting at the site of Phu Khao Thong in peninsular Thailand. [The blog is in Vietnamese, but readable using Google Translate]. Dr. Chaisuwan also proposes some solutions to stop looting which include educating villagers and including them in the excavation process so they take pride in their local history. As he points out, there is a cycle of looting, trading, and collecting:
Along these lines, I’ve been meaning to point out a blog run by my colleague Damien Huffer, who has been following the illegal antiquities trade. He’s been posting news and updates on several cases related to the illegal trade of antiquities, especially those in Southeast Asia.
Update: There is an article about the workshops in Vietnam here.