Article: Asia Pacific Memo: The Future of Cambodian Heritage Under China


CBFAC sources what archaeology teachers and students in Cambodia need to raise successful students. We also advocate for an increase in job opportunities for local archaeology graduates. This is not about moving money, but gathering clean and valued textbooks, new laboratory equipment, fresh field supplies and de-mining equipment. This is old fashioned capacity building, directly inspired by the successful work of SOUTHEAST ASIAN ARCHAEOLOGIES (2008-2014) a Canadian based not-for-profit society with a mandate to facilitate the emergence of ethical archaeological research within Southeast Asia.


The Royal University of Fine Arts is a university in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Its origins date to the establishment of the École des arts Cambodgiens in Phnom Penh in 1918.


Cambodian ceramics specialist Tep Sokha explains to conservators Meas Sopheap (L) and Keo Chansophany (R) the best way to preserve a cracked vase. Cambodia, 2016. Click here to learn about the work of Tep Sokha's students. 



Field archaeologists in Cambodia today. These students, from the Royal University of Fine Arts are screening dirt at the site of Ta Prohm. Photo courtesy of Alison Carter

Click Here to view Cambodia's Royal University of Fine Art's wish list (of equipment and materials) for the installation of a Metal and Ceramic Restoration Lab.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

― Socrates