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U.S. Government Assistance for Cambodian Cultural Heritage Preservation Since 2001

Total U.S. Government Assistance: $3,689,700
Assistance from Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation only: $2,799,110
Funding for Conservation of Phnom Bakheng Temple: $2,879,000


Continuation of the Conservation of Phnom Bakheng Temple, Phase 4
$450,000 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To continue work to conserve the 10th century Temple of Phnom Bakheng at Angkor Archaeological Park, specifically stone and brick masonry conservation and replacement, water-proofing, and stabilization as needed.
Partner: World Monuments Fund
Location: Siem Reap
Year: 2015

Training Workshop on Cultural Heritage Site Security: Reducing Theft and Loss of Cultural Artifacts
$120,196 (U.S. Department of State)
Goal: To provide technical assistance in cultural resource management and security to Cambodia in the implementation of Article II of the bilateral cultural memorandum of understanding, as part of an effort to develop sustainable strategies for protecting cultural resources by training diverse professionals in the methodology and application of theft and loss reduction.
Partner: Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and Kingsbury & Kingsbury, Ltd.
Location: Phnom Penh and Banteay Meanchey province
Year: 2015

Public Awareness Campaign to Protect Cambodian Cultural Heritage
$28,325 (U.S. Department of State)
Goal: To collect data, photos, and video of archaeological sites, historic monuments, prominent ancient artifacts, and other conservation and restoration activities that have been carried out.
Partner: Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
Location: Phnom Penh and various provinces
Year: 2015

Continuation of the Conservation of Phnom Bakheng Temple, Phase 3
$450,000 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To continue work to conserve the 10th century Temple of Phnom Bakheng at Angkor Archaeological Park, specifically utilizing existing laterite and sandstone when possible and inserting replacement blocks and pavers in locations where new materials are necessary for protecting against water infiltration and improving stability.
Partner: World Monuments Fund
Location: Siem Reap
Year: 2013

Public Awareness Campaign Regarding Cultural Property Crimes
$20,150 (U.S. Department of State)
Goal: To raise awareness among the general public about the consequences of cultural theft through billboards at major border checkpoints and the distribution of brochures and posters.
Partner: Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
Location: Phnom Penh and various provinces
Year: 2013

Training Workshop on Investigation, Prosecution, and Adjudication of Cultural Property Crimes
$18,895 (U.S. Department of State)
Goal: To provide authorities with the necessary skills to appropriately prosecute criminal cases related to cultural heritage violations based on Cambodian antiquities laws and couched within the framework of international conventions. These skills dovetail with the work of heritage protection police and other national law enforcement officials to curb looting at cultural heritage sites and the theft and illicit trafficking of Cambodian antiquities.
Partner: Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
Location: Phnom Penh
Year: 2013

Documentation of Newly Discovered Archaeological Sites
$47,000 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To map, document, and preserve newly discovered Angkorian sites on Phnom Kulen.
Partner: Archaeology and Development Foundation
Location: Siem Reap
Year: 2013

Documentation of Cambodian Antiquities
$65,720 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To carry out a three-year project to document and integrate inventories of Cambodian artifacts throughout Cambodia.
Partner: Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
Location: Various locations around the country
Year: 2012

Salvage Archaeological Excavation and Preservation of Kuk Treas pre-Angkorian Site in Banteay Chhmar
$17,150 (U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh)
Goal: The project aimed to conserve, observe, and collect data from archaeological remains located underground at the Kuk Treas site, before construction of National Road No. 56 from Banteay Meaanchey to Udor Meanchey, which passes through the Banteay Chhmar temple.
Partner: Ministry of Public Works and Transportation and Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
Location: Banteay Meanchey
Year: 2012

Conservation and Enhancement of Cambodian Cultural Heritage
$5,285 (U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh)
Goal: To conduct a one-day seminar for interested researchers and heritage conservation authorities to discuss concrete measures for the protection of archaeological sites and investments in heritage protection work, research, and education.
Partner: Institute of Arts and Culture and Royal Academy of Cambodia
Location: Phnom Penh
Year: 2012

Producing “Forgotten Cambodian Song” CD, Volume 2
$21,990 (U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh)
Goal: To produce “Forgotten Cambodian Song” CD, Volume 2, which builds on the successful pilot project in 2009 that gathered 54 Cambodian traditional songs (words and music) in the production of a “Forgotten Songs” CD. The CD was based on the book “Cambodian Songs” published in 1921 by the Company of Indochinese Studies (“Société des Etudes Indochinoises). Bophana Center will record aging Cambodian traditional singers and musicians for the new CD.
Partner: Bophana Center
Location: Phnom Penh
Year: 2012

Phase II: Conservation of Phnom Bakheng Temple, Angkor Archeological Zone -- Stabilization and Restoration of the North and South Elevations
$450,000 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To continue work to conserve the 10th century Temple of Phnom Bakheng at Angkor Archaeological Park, specifically the conservation of the North and South Elevations of the temple according to methods successfully applied previously on the East Elevation.
Partner: World Monuments Fund
Location: Siem Reap
Year: 2011

Documentation of Three Khmer Music Traditions by Cambodian Living Arts
$52,520 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To archive and create access to three endangered music forms and create recordings in Phnom Penh and throughout Cambodia.
Partner: Cambodian Living Arts
Location: Phnom Penh
Year: 2011

Embodied Traditional Knowledge: Khmer Classical Dance Technique and Rituals
$37,395 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: The project addresses the potential loss of expertise through the training of dance teachers in the meaning of the sampeah kru ritual by sustaining and documenting the teacher-student relationship at the core of the practice of this art, along with the gestural vocabulary, pedagogical techniques, dance stories, melodies, and costumes related to the “female” character in classical dance.
Partner: Khmer Arts Academy
Location: Kandal
Year: 2010

The Conservation and Preservation of Metal Art Object at Wat Rajabo's Collection
$12,100 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To preserve 12th century and other metal art objects in the Wat (temple) Rajabo Collection.
Partner: National Museum of Cambodia
Location: Siem Reap
Year: 2009

Database Implementation and Archive Preservation Project
$45,386 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To preserve the archive at the National Museum of Cambodia.
Partner: National Museum of Cambodia
Location: Phnom Penh
Year: 2008

Phase II: Conservation of Phnom Bakheng Temple, Angkor Archeological Zone -- Stabilization and Restoration of the East Elevation
$979,000 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To protect the 10th century Temple of Phnom Bakheng at Angkor Archaeological Park from further deterioration through the stabilization, water-proofing, repair, and partial reconstruction of the temple’s primary East Elevation, the most visible and most heavily damaged part of the site.
Partner: World Monuments Fund
Location: Siem Reap
Year: 2008

Heritage Management at Prasat Han Chey, Phase II
$44,301 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To complete the restoration and public awareness campaign for Prasat Han Chey temple.
Partner: Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
Location: Kampong Cham
Year: 2007

Cambodian Object Inventory Project
$29,800 (U.S. Department of State)
Goal: To secure the collection of uninventoried archaeological artifacts by entering them in a newly created national inventory database.
Partner: Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
Location: Various provinces
Year: 2007

Heritage Management at Prasat Han Chey
$45,015 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To maintain, restore, and raise public awareness of Prasat Han Chey temple.
Partner: Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
Location: Kampong Cham
Year: 2006

Cheung Ek Circular Earthwork Archaeological and Cultural Resource Management Investigations
$9,553 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To conduct academic research, training, public education, and cultural resource management of circular earthwork formations and other archaeological sites at Cheung Ek.
Partner: Royal Academy of Cambodia
Location: Kandal Year: 2006

Metal Conservation Lab
$15,000 (Smithsonian Institution Freer/Sackler Gallery of Asian Art)
Goal: To train metal conservation practitioners and conduct a laboratory for conserving metal objects.
Partner: National Museum of Cambodia, Getty Conservation Institute ($125,950), and the Global Heritage Fund ($12,000)
Location: Phnom Penh
Year: 2005-2006

Rescue Archaeological Excavation at Koh Jas
$31,400 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To save valuable scientific data from loss due to looting and train young Cambodian archaeologists.
Partner: HeritageWatch
Location: Banteay Meanchey
Year: 2005

Archaeological Excavation at Krasang Thmei
$12,690 (U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh)
Goal: To conduct excavation and anthropological research and train young Cambodian archaeologists.
Partner: Royal University of Fine Arts
Location: Banteay Meanchey Year: 2004

Preservation of Phnom Bakheng Temple Complex
$550,000 (U.S. Department of State –Economic Support Fund)
Goal: To implement emergency conservation measures, archaeological research, and long-term plans for the conservation and presentation of the 10th century Temple of Phnom Bakheng at Angkor Archaeological Park.
Partner: World Monuments Fund
Location: Siem Reap
Year: 2004

Heritage Education Program
$34,900 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To carry out a nationwide education program on the importance of protecting Cambodia’s cultural heritage.
Partner: HeritageWatch
Location: Various provinces
Year: 2004

Kbal Neakta: Public Awareness Documentary to Fight Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property of Cambodia
$2,000 (U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh)
Goal: To produce a documentary film targeting a Cambodian national audience to raise awareness on the importance of protecting Cambodia’s cultural heritage.
Partner: UNESCO
Location: Various provinces
Year: 2004

Folklore Recovery Project
$29,820 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To collect, conserve, and publish 30 traditional Cambodian oral folktales in both Khmer and English.
Partner: Buddhist Institute
Location: Phnom Penh and various provinces
Year: 2003

Preservation of Lakhaon Kaol
$15,000 (U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh)
Goal: To research, revive, and stage a new production of a story from the Ramayana and making it a permanent part of the performance repertoire.
Partner: Amrita Performing Arts
Location: Phnom Penh
Year: 2003

Mapping of Mimotien Circular Earthwork Sites
$8,740 (U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh)
Goal: To better understand the rare archaeological structures and improve management of the cultural heritage site.
Partner: Royal University of Fine Arts
Location: Kampong Cham
Year: 2003

Phnom Borei and Its Relationship to Angkor Borei $7,919 (U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh)
Goal: To conduct an archaeological investigation and explore the relationship between two ancient Khmer settlements.
Partner: Institute of Culture and Fine Arts and Royal Academy of Cambodia
Location: Takeo
Year: 2003

Krasang Thmei Archaeological Data Analysis
$5,500 (U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh)
Goal: To explore what this ancient cemetery reveals about the history and culture of the past.
Partner: Royal University of Fine Arts/
Location: Banteay Meanchey
Year: 2003

Ceramics Conservation
$11,950 (U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh)
Goal: To carry out ceramics conservation, digital recording of conservation treatments, and student training.
Partner: National Museum of Cambodia and Royal University of Fine Arts
Location: Phnom Penh
Year: 2001-2002

Preservation of Ancient Books and Manuscripts
$15,000 (U.S. Department of State – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation)
Goal: To preserve rare historical books and palm leaf manuscripts from the 19th century.
Partner: National Library of Cambodia
Location: Phnom Penh
Year: 2001