Archive of news reports related to the archaeology and heritage of East Timor or Timor-Leste, located in the island of Timor in the Indonesian archipelago. East Timor is the newest nation-state in Southeast Asia, having been annexed by Indonesia in 1976 and regained independence in 2002. As a new nation, the practice and regulation of archaeology is still in its infancy. Archaeology in East Timor has been investigated mostly by archaeologists from Australia.
In this page:
- Recommended Books
- Popular East Timor Archaeology Posts
- News Stories Related to East Timor Archaeology
- Links to External Sites
This page covers the archaeology of East Timor as a whole, and you can find more details about the other countries in their respective pages or explore the Resource Guide for thematic areas. There’s also the Virtual Archaeology page where you can visit Southeast Asian archaeological sites online, learn something from the Online Lecture Library, or find recent academic papers for more up-to-date research.
There aren’t many books relevant to the archaeology and history of East Timor, and the list below is my personal recommendation based on what I have in my library or have read, and are easily available. There are some local-language publications that are not available in the internet, and newer books are higher up on the list. Some of these links are affiliate links and I may receive a commission if you click on them and make a purchase. For other sources of reliable academic information, you should also check out the books page for latest releases and the occassional free book, as well as the journals page for the latest scientific research.
- Timor Loro Sae: 500 years by Geoffrey C. Gunn
- Haunted Houses and Ghostly Encounters: Ethnography and Animism in East Timor, 1860–1975 by Christopher J. Shepherd
- History of Timor-Leste by Frederic B. Durand
- Three Centuries of Conflict in East Timor by Douglas Kammen
- Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea by Roy W. Hamilton and Joanna Barrkman (Eds.)
- Historical Dictionary of East Timor by Geoffrey C. Gunn
- Archaeology in Eastern Timor, 1966-67 by Ian Glover
Popular Posts about East Timor Archaeology
[Paper] Faces in the Stone: Further Finds of Anthropomorphic Engravings Suggest a Discrete Artistic Tradition Flourished in Timor-Leste in the Terminal Pleistocene
via Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 29 September 2020: New rock engraving sites discovered in East Timor.Read more
Archaeology News from East Timor
The news reports indexed below usually link to external sites that were active at the time of posting; sometimes websites may be temporarily down or may have reorganised their underlying architecture or have even closed down – in these cases the links may not be available. Most of the news articles archived are in English; this is largely because I do not have a working competency in Portuguese or Tetum, although when I am made aware of stories in this and other languages I try to index them.
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These are links to external sites and unless stated, I have no connection with the organisations or entities in these links or control over their content. They are sorted alphabetically, but you should also explore the Resources page which have links sorted by themes. If you have a link to suggest, please get in touch!