I received this news last week but have been delayed in relaying it. Professor Geoffrey Pope of William Paterson University passed away on Feb 17, 2019. RIP
Geoff was born February 1, 1951 in Tucson, Arizona to Edmund and Jan Pope as their eldest child. Geoff grew up in Manhattan Beach, California and was an avid adventurer and accomplished paleoanthropologist, earning a PhD in Anthropology from UC Berkeley. He has lived in Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and several parts of the United States and was fluent in at least four languages, including Thai, Chinese and Indonesian. He was a passionate teacher and a well-respected expert in early hominids in South East Asia and evolutionary biology. His career in paleoanthropology spanned over four decades, with over 60 publications and numerous contributions to the field.
During his time in Thailand, he not only fell in love with the country and culture, but also his first wife Susan Walton from Australia, with whom he fathered his two children, Tom and Sarah. Later, he met his second wife, Jannuan (aka Noi) while doing field work in Northern Thailand. Geoff and Noi enjoyed traveling the United States National Parks and Thailand. He had a particular fondness for the red rock country of southern Utah and Arizona. It was there on numerous family vacations that Geoff acquired a love for Navajo Indian culture and artifacts, which later spurred his interest and love of hominid evolution. Beyond his obvious intellectual capability, Geoff was a gentle, kind and loyal person that cared deeply about his family and friends in his own way. He loved to travel and sit in the mountains or by the rivers, where he was probably thinking of his next poem or research project while drinking his gin and bitter lemon.
Source: Obituary of Geoffrey Pope | Welcome to DeLuccia-Lozito Funeral Home…
via Esquire Philippines, 02 July 2018: Esquire’s interview of Thomas Ingicco, head of the team that discovered the fossil of 700,000-year-old butchered rhino in the Philippines (see here).
Dr. Ingicco is the leader of the archaeological team that unearthed a find in Kalinga that may prove that humans were in the Philippines ten times longer than previously believed.
Source: Archeologist Thomas Ingicco and the 700,000 Year-Old Rhino Mystery
I am sorry to share the news of the passing of Ian Glover, a titan in the field of Southeast Asian archaeology. Lia Genovese shares the following:
In case you have not heard. Some very sad news.
Ian Glover passed away yesterday, on his birthday, while on holiday in Sicily. He collapsed after breakfast in Catania and could not be revived.
Only this afternoon I emailed him to wish him happy birthday again and to tell him about my recent fieldwork in Borneo. I also told him that conferences will never be the same again without him. I was referring to a recent conversation I had with Ian, when he told me that he would not be attending the IPPA in September this year because “he had nothing new to say”.
RIP, Ian, a gentleman and a most generous scholar.
via RFI, 09 April 2018: A radio interview with Cambodian archaeologist Sakada Sakhouen (a good friend of mine) about the recent excavation of the palace site in Phnom Kulen. Article and interview is in Khmer.
Source: ភ្ញៀវប្រចាំថ្ងៃ – លោកសាឃឿន សក្តា៖ ការរកឃើញអតីតរាជវាំងលើខ្នងភ្នំគូលែន មានសារសំខាន់ សម្រាប់ចុះបញ្ជីសម្បត្តិបេតិកភណ្ឌពិភពលោក
via Nippon.com. 06 April 2018:
Award-winning Japanese scholar Ishizawa Yoshiaki is one of the world’s leading authorities on Khmer inscriptions of the Angkor period (802–1431). His honors include the Ramon Magsaysay Award, sometimes described as the “Asian Nobel,” for his contributions over the course of half a century in restoring to the Cambodian people a sense of pride in their cultural heritage. We spoke to him about his long career working on the monuments at Angkor and his efforts to train a new generation of Cambodian conservators.
Source: Restoring Angkor Wat: An Interview with Japanese Scholar Ishizawa Yoshiaki
via Khaosod English, 08 March 2018: Last week we celebrated International Womens’ Day, and Khaosod English profile Jo Sankhaprasit, a female underwater archaeologist in Thailand.
Dive into the Gulf of Thailand with Pornnatcha “Jo” Sankhaprasit in search of the relics and secrets of a 700-year-old shipwreck.
Source: Go Deep With Thailand’s 1st Female Undersea Relic Hunter
via Mothership.sg, 25 Feb 2018: Interview feature of Prof. John Miksic
Singapore’s Indiana Jones? Sort of.
Source: NSFs who went AWOL helped archaeology dig at Fort Canning Hill: John N. Miksic interview