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Post tsunami archaeology and ceramics in Aceh – Tsunamis, quakes and potsherds!
Presented by Asia Research Institute (ARI)

Speaker: Dr Edmund Edwards McKinnon, Visiting Fellow, Asia Research Institute
Date/Time: Sat, 10 Mar 07, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: Level 5, Imagination Room

Admission is FREE but registration is required. Please register before 5pm on Fri, 9 Mar 2007, by emailing and to include “Lecture by Dr McKinnon” in the subject field. Places are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first serve basis.

The major earthquake and tsunami of 26 December 2004 resulted in considerable changes to the coastline of western and northern Aceh. Some areas have disappeared altogether, others such as the islands of Simeulue and Nias have been uplifted or tilted. Surveys of coastal areas of Aceh Besar suggest that settlement patterns have changed over the centuries but former settlement sites may be identified by ceramic remains. This presentation will discuss ongoing survey work along the coast of Aceh Besar where sites of three important early settlements have come to light in the past decade.

Speaker Biodata:
Dr. Edmund Edwards McKinnon received his PhD from Cornell in 1984. As an archaeologist and art historian he has written largely on Southeast Asian trade ceramic finds. He is presently with the United Nations Development Programme in Banda Aceh.

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