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What’s possibly the most calming yet nerve-racking job in the world? Come behind the scenes of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art to find out!
The conservation and scientific research of ancient Asian art takes a large team of experts from many fields. In order to bring thousands of treasures from the East to the galleries of the Smithsonian in downtown Washington, D.C., several critical and careful steps toward ensuring the objects’ continued longevity must be taken.
Learn more about the hard work taking place to keep these works alive and on display here.
Logo for the 2012 Fifth World Conference of the Society for East Asian Archaeology held in Fukuoka, Japan
The Society for East Asian Archaeology (SEAA) is a non-government organization formed to further promote interest and research in the field of East Asian Archaeology through the sharing of information on ongoing projects, encouraging premier quality research, international and interdisciplinary communications, providing publishing opportunities through an online bulletin and the support of an academic journal, holding academic meetings and conferences, providing educational outreach to the general community, enhancing scholarly communications and good relations among archaeologists within East Asia, and encouraging interdisciplinary perspectives involving several regions.
SEAA’s last conference was held in Fukuoka, Japan in June of this year. The Society’s next conference will be held in Mongolia in 2014.
Crumbling statues discovered inside an ancient Buddhist monastery in Mes Aynak, Afghanistan
Image credit Shah Marai © AFP
Asia’s architectural treasures are ‘vanishing’ reports Sebastian Smith (AFP) on 3 May 2012.
NEW YORK – Asia’s architectural treasures, from a Buddhist monastery in Afghanistan to an ancient city in China, are in danger of vanishing under a tide of economic expansion, war and tourism, according to experts. The Global Heritage Fund named 10 sites facing “irreparable loss and destruction.”
“These 10 sites represent merely a fragment of the endangered treasures across Asia and the rest of the developing world,” Jeff Morgan, executive director of the fund, said, presenting the report, “Asia’s Heritage in Peril: Saving Our Vanishing Heritage.”
The architectural gems from Asia’s ancient and sophisticated cultures are struggling in the face of economic expansion, sudden floods of tourists, poor technical resources, and areas blighted by looting and conflict — in other words, the pressures of rapidly modernizing Asia.
Full article here.
The Journal of East Asian Archaeology
The Journal of East Asian Archaeology is the first English-language journal explicitly devoted to the archaeology of this major geographical region, here broadly defined as including mainland China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Mongolia, Siberia, and the adjacent regions of Central Asia. Articles published within the journal are peer-reviewed, original scholarship on all aspects of East Asian archaeology. JEAA’s broad geographic focus uniquely encourages a wider view of archaeology in East Asia than is possible with the single-country or single-area orientation characteristic of many publications, and with publication in English, the journal provides access to an extensive international readership.
The World Monuments Fund and the Hadrian Award for 2008
Every year, The World Monuments Fund gives the Hadrian Award to international leaders who have advanced the preservation of world art and architecture. In 2008, The World Monuments Fund honoured Houghton, Doreen, and Graeme Freeman and The Freeman Foundation. The Freeman Foundation is the lead supporter of World Monuments Fund work in Asia, including the Qianlong Garden in the Forbidden City, Beijing and the Japanese Imperial Buddhist Convents.