PROVINCIAL MUSEUMS SURVEY
collections of the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh are
famous, but few people know that there are at least 25 other sites
throughout Cambodia where significant numbers of sculptures are
held. For the most part these valuable artifacts are undocumented.
Without inventories, the collections are vulnerable to theft, and
their place in the Khmer cultural context is uncertain.
In 2004, FOKCI began funding a project organized by the National
Museum in Phnom Penh to survey these provincial collections, prepare
an inventory of the works, and train personnel in the rural areas
in methods of conservation and display. An equally important objective
of the project is training Cambodians in methods for surveying,
inventorying and cataloguing the collections of these Provincial
Museumss. The project is progressing. To date, there has been preliminary
photography of more than 2000 objects, mostly ceramics,
in Banteay Meanchey.