Surface Collection: Archaeological Travels in Southeast Asia

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Written as a travelogue, Surface Collection: Archaeological Travels in Southeast Asia tackles the most pressing issues of cultural heritage management in an engaging and accessible way. In each chapter the author makes the past relevant to the present through his encounters with archaeological sites. While the book's anecdotes are associated primarily with the Philippines and Indonesia, they will be of interest to a broad audience because of the stories they tell-from a decaying national museum in Manila, to the ...
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Overview

Written as a travelogue, Surface Collection: Archaeological Travels in Southeast Asia tackles the most pressing issues of cultural heritage management in an engaging and accessible way. In each chapter the author makes the past relevant to the present through his encounters with archaeological sites. While the book's anecdotes are associated primarily with the Philippines and Indonesia, they will be of interest to a broad audience because of the stories they tell-from a decaying national museum in Manila, to the search for traces of the thousands of Communists killed in Bali following the 1965 attempted coup, to the discovery of a bottle of perfume found among the personal effects of Indonesian ex-president Sukarno.

About the Author:
Denis Byrne is an archeologist living in Sydney

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Editorial Reviews

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The book relates stories from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Burma in a series of nuanced and elegant travel meditations which are full of unexpected discoveries, conundrums and ironies. . . . Surface Collection is a feast for anyone who values an intelligent and sensitive travel narrative, full of self revelation and the grace of discovery of the other. It is an elegant and vivid travel story infused with a deeply perceptive understanding of the complexities, false leads, contradictions and joys of discovering the past of others and seeing it through new eyes. Denis points out that bearing witness to the past includes bearing witness with our bodies and our emotions as well as our intellect. In doing so on his travels, he gives us a range of extraordinary insights into the hidden and subtle past and present of Southeast Asia.
Lynn Meskell
In this spellbinding set of essays Byrne has successfully charted a new direction in writing archaeology and heritage. Surface Collection interweaves indigenous religion, politics and heritage ethics in innovative and provocative ways, bringing the unique materialities of Southeast Asia within the large framing of contemporary social archaeology. It is quite simply a tour de force.
Nicholas Thomas
In part travel book, in part heritage theory, in part a series of fascinating excursions into southeast Asian history, Surface Collection is a wonderful read, but also an important and thought-provoking contribution to the increasingly vital debates about public memory, political violence, and conflicted histories.
Stephen Muecke
Exquisite and erudite, here Denis Byrne opens a new chapter in archaeological studies. Traces of the past are invested not just with their objective being, but a whole archaeology of feelings electrifies the relationships between the narrator, writing with Proustian sensitivity, the things of the world, which now have the dignity of major historical players, and you the reader, enchanted by a new way of thinking.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759110175
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 9/16/2007
  • Series: Worlds of Archaeology Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Denis Byrne is an archaeologist who lives in Sydney. His doctoral project at the Australian National University in Canberra involved an examination of the history and politics of archaeological heritage management in Southeast Asia and Australia.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xix
Intramuros     1
Rice Growing and Heritage     29
Traveling in Karangasem     55
Traces of 1965-1966     81
Shalimar and Sukarno     99
Spectral Coastline     113
Vung Tau     129
The Divine Underground     147
References     171
Index     179
About the Author     187
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