Professor Higham receives social sciences award

Professor Charles Higham receives the Mason Durie Medal for social sciences, in recognition for his long work in understanding the archaeology of Southeast Asia.

Academics honoured
Otago Daily Times, 27 November 2014

Three leading University of Otago academics have received Royal Society of New Zealand national awards.

Prof Parry Guilford was last night awarded the Sir Charles Hercus Medal for biomedical sciences, Prof Charles Higham received the Mason Durie Medal for social sciences, and Associate Prof Peter Dearden received the Callaghan Medal for science communication.

Prof Higham, an archaeologist, was ”greatly honoured” to receive the Mason Durie Medal for what award officials termed ”his work to understand social change in Southeast Asia over three millennia”.

The award also reflected the work of many others, including a ”fantastic team” of researchers from New Zealand, Thailand and various other countries, Prof Higham said.

Full story here.

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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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