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Wat Bo theft
 Koh Santepheap Daily reported on January 10th, 2013:

Artifacts stolen from Reach Bo pagoda

Siem Reap province: Several pre-Angkorian artifacts dating back even to the years BC, and made of gold and bronze, and displayed in the Rajabo pagoda, Siem Reap provincial town for tourists to see, were stolen last night.

Pich Sam-ol, deputy chief of police administration post in Sala Komroek commune, said on January 10 that more than one person might have broken into the building, opened the cabinets displaying the artifacts, and took them away from 9 pm to midnight, January 9, 2013. He also said that the number of artifacts was not known yet and only the pagoda committee knew the number. There were in all 19 cabinets holding artifacts for daily display in the pagoda.

According to the chief monks Pin Sem and Sirey Sovannor, who helped collect artifacts after the war ended, the artifacts include 3 pairs of wristlets made of bronze, 5 pairs of earrings plated with gold, 1 bronze pendant, 2 bronze finger rings, and 1 pair of bronze Kav (ceremonial earrings).

He also said that according to the archeologists from the National Museum in Phnom Penh, those priceless artifacts date back to pre-Ankorian period and BC periods. Koh Santepheap Daily will publish more details about this. Radio FM 87.75, Phnom Penh and Radio FM 87.5, Battambang will broadcast information related to this incident as well.
 
Two New Board Members for Heritage Watch
Heritage Watch is pleased to announce that two new members have been appointed to its Board of Governors. Mr Kong Vireak is the Director of the National Museum of Cambodia and a well-regarded academic. H. E. Dr Hang Poeu is the Deputy Director General of the APSARA Authority and an expert in hydrology and long been involved in heritage issues in Cambodia and especially the Siem Reap region. 

We welcome our new Board members and look forward to a long and fruitful cooperation. 

Mr Kent Davis, has, for personal reasons, stepped down from the Board to join our Advisory Board. Heritage Watch is very grateful for all the hard work Kent put in over the years and we look forward to drawing on his vast resources of contacts and knowledge as an Advisory Board Member.
 
Jarai Graves Destroyed
 The Phnom Penh Post reports on recent destruction of minority groups graves in the Northeast of Cambodia;
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013010760657/National/indigenous-graveyard-razed.html
 
Walking area in Historic District proposed
 The Phnom Penh Post reports on a proposed plan to have a pedestrian only area in the Historic part of Phnom Penh, a great idea!
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013011460756/Lifestyle/phnom-penh-s-historic-quarter-to-go-pedestrian.html
 
Heritage Watch mourns passing of HRH Norodom Sihanouk
 The staff of Heritage Watch learned with much regret of the passing of the King-Father, Norodom Sihanouk. HRH was had supported the efforts of Heritage Watch and his passing is met with great saddness by the staff and members of the Board of Governors and Advisory Board.

 


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