SPAFACON2016

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So you might have noticed I have been behind in updating news posts for a few months now, and for a very good reason. I’ve been organising the 2nd SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology here in Bangkok, which saw the gathering of 230+ archaeologists from around the region to share their latest research.

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The conference started on Monday with three days of paper presentations, starting with the traditional country reports, and concurrent sessions that saw about 150 papers presented. Site visits to U-Thong / Nong Ratchawat and the Phanom Surin Shipwreck happened yesterday, and a workshop on English language skills for archaeologists is still ongoing as I write this. Throughout the conference we used the hashtag #spafacon2016, which you can follow on Twitter:

As well as on Facebook here.

All in all, the conference seems to be a success, despite the overzealous air-conditioning. I am biases, of course, but I particularly enjoyed listening to the new rock art discoveries from around the region and I’m looking forward to sharing the lectures of the presentations once they are ready. The next conference will be in 2019 – watch this space!

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