Conference: Archaeometallugy in Cambodia 5 – 7th March 2011

Readers may be interested to know of this upcoming conference in Siem Reap on archaeometallugy organised by the APSARA Authority, Centre for Khmer Studies and the EFEO.

Archaeometallurgy in Cambodia: Current Research and Future Prospects
Siem Reap, Cambodia
5-7 March 2011

Archaeometallurgy in Cambodia – Official Announcement
Archaeometallurgy in Cambodia – Conference schedule

The first Conference and Workshop on archaeometallurgical research in Cambodia will be held in Siem Reap from the 5th to the 7th of March 2011. They are jointly organised by the APSARA Authority, the CKS and the EFEO, with the support of the Friends of Khmer Culture (FOKCI).

Over the past few years, there has been a growth in overseas of laboratory analyses of ancient metal artefacts from Cambodia, as well as field archaeometallurgy and metal conservation being undertaken within Cambodia itself. The result is a not insubstantial number of individual Cambodian and foreign scholars working in the field of Cambodian archaeometallurgy, who have yet to join forces as a unified
subdiscipline and, most importantly, communicate the combined potential of such studies to the new generations of Cambodian archaeologists and cultural heritage managers. The aim of this Conference and Workshop is to bring together experts, colleagues and students who share a common interest in Cambodian metallurgy, from prehistory to the historical period.

Papers on all aspects of archaeometallurgy in Cambodia will be presented, including survey and excavation of metal production sites, material science analyses, metal conservation, and ethnoarchaeological fieldworks. The purpose of such presentations is, indeed, to highlight recent studies in the field of Cambodian archaeometallurgy and stimulate future research and collaborations, so that this new discipline can be enhanced and propagated.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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