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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.

FOR SCHOOLS

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.

IN THE LAB

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. 

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IN THE FIELD

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

List of equipment and materials for Installation of Metal and Ceramic Restoration Lab: RUFA

                                                                                                                                            DESCRIPTION                                                                                      

Sand blaster machine

2

Cupboard for sandblaster machines

2

Vacuum Machine for sand blaster and Abrasive machine

6

Abrasive machine NSK ultimate XL

2

Demineralized water tube (cleaning of objects)

2

Conductivity meter for salt testing (water used for cleaning)

1

Professional photo camera and accessories (report and documentation)

1

Laptop for database and report (set)

1

Sand for sand blaster machine(Bags)

10

Zetaplaste (protect organic and fragile remains on objects) (boxes)

3

Micro glass balloon (thickening glue and matify colour)(Kg)

3

Talcum Powder ( thickening glue, matify colour Isolate mold) (kg)

5

Glass fiber (strengthen breakage and mold) kg

1

Silicone rubber (making mold of object) (Boxes)

5

Rotation wheel (restoration of metal objects and ceramics)

6

Silica gel (absorb humidity in storing boxes) (Kg)

10

Adhesive Paraloid B72, B48(5kg+5kg) (Stabilize and fix breakage) (Kg)

10

Araldite B20:20 (stabilize and fix breakage) (Box-set)

3

Epoxy Adhesive(porcelain assembling) (Box)

3

Miliput(porcelain restoration) (tubes)

3

Cosmoloid wax H60(coating, protecting restored objects) (Box)

1

Acrylic colour(colour on gap filling-plaster) (Set)

1

Oil colour (colour on gap filling -resine) (Set)

1

Painting Brushes (small-big sizes) (Set)

5

Cleaning brushes (Princeton brand with plastic handle)

20

Spatula (small-big sizes)

10

Hair dryer (warming and softening glue )

2

polishing tool for plaster

5

Scalpel handles

20

Scalpel Blades(Box)

5

Mask (Box)

10

glove (Box)

10

Dried powder pigment

8

VXB Bearing Electronic LCD Digital Vernier (measurement of
ceramic thickness)

5

Grid-book for ceramic drawing ( size A3) (Book)

10

Pencils (Box)

5

Barska Binocular Zoom Stereo Microscope (Magnification: 7x-45x)

1

Mini Pocket Microscope 60x-100x

5

Long foot-bendable table

5

Filling cupboard

4

Desk Magnifier

5

Desk Lamps

5

Electricity outlet connector

5

Glass hanging cupboards

4

Exhaust box system (local made for dust and smell from glue)

1

 

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

Within the UNESCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, Article 5 indicates it's priority,

"To ensure that effective and active measures are taken for the protection, conservation and presentation of the cultural and natural heritage situated on its territory [herein Cambodia specifically], each State party to this Convention shall endeavour , in so far as possible, and as appropriate for each county: (e) to foster the establishment or development of national or regional centres for training in the protection, conservation and presentation of the cultural and natural heritage and to encourage scientific research in this field."

 

Capacity Building Faculties of Archaeology in Cambodia 2018-2020

Our relationships and goals are  important, and we accomplish more when we work together. I have a vision of what the world looks like when international agencies give back to local archaeological groups, and when large universities work to build up Cambodian institutions, and it is decent and fair. 

I welcome you to get involved! Sharing is not limited to material supplies alone; support and volunteer with local teams and give of yourself. In the About section of this website, you will find a form to participate, whether you are a volunteer, an institute with a surplus of supplies, a private donor, or a faculty of archaeology in need. Complete the contact form at the bottom of this page to get involved. 

 

 

Thank you.

- Sarah K. Youngblutt, PhD Candidate

 

 

  Sambor Prei Kuk, 2014 Image courtesy of SKY

Sambor Prei Kuk, 2014 Image courtesy of SKY

 The scars of temple looting, Cambodia, 2001 Image courtesy of SKY

The scars of temple looting, Cambodia, 2001 Image courtesy of SKY

 Sambor Prei Kuk, 2014 Image courtesy of SKY

Sambor Prei Kuk, 2014 Image courtesy of SKY

  Sambor Prei Kuk, 2014 Image courtesy of SKY

Sambor Prei Kuk, 2014 Image courtesy of SKY

Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.
— Chanakya

Graduates from the Royal University of Fine Arts: Where are they now?

Cambodian Partners

          Kosal Mey

Liaison Officer for UNESCO Office in Siem Reap,Cambodia

          Vicheth Sen 

PhD Candidate, (Education) UBC Canada. He is from Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia.

Vicheth Sen CV

  Tep Sokha    Expert in Ceramic Conservation. Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.      TEP SOKHA CV

Tep Sokha

Expert in Ceramic Conservation. Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

TEP SOKHA CV

  Sovichea Vann   ,    Educator from Takeo Province.  MA  in Comparative Education  Sovichea Vann CV

Sovichea Vann, Educator from Takeo Province. MA in Comparative Education Sovichea Vann CV