A Guide to Digital Resources on Southeast Asian Archaeology

This page is a starting point for anyone looking to delve further into the archaeology of Southeast Asia

Since 2006, this website has indexed over 6,000 news articles related to Southeast Asian Archaeology and amassed over 100 links to useful digital resources; The challenge has been to sort and present this information in meaningful ways for researchers and users wanting to learn more. Besides the navigation bar and search function at the top of the page, this directory is themed around countries and regions, specific topics, and research resources.

Countries and Regions

The reference basis for ‘Southeast Asia’ are the modern countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, plus East Timor:

For the purposes of this website, Southeast Asia is also divided into three regions. Mainland Southeast Asia and Island Southeast Asia are commonly used terms, and while Peripheral Southeast Asia refers to the countries and regions just outside, including:

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Organisations

This is a list of organisations that have are related to archaeological work or cultural heritage practice with a relevance to Southeast Asia. These external links are to official websites (as opposed to social media interest groups and accounts) 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. Unless stated, I have no connection with the organisations or entities in these links or control over their content. They are sorted alphebetically in categories. If you have a link to suggest, please get in touch!

Governmental Organisations

International and Inter-governmental Organisations

  • ASEAN – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a regional inter-governmental organisation promoting economic and political cooperation among the 10 member nation states.
  • ICCROM – International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property.
  • ICOM – The International Council of Museums.
  • ICOMOS – non-governmental international organisation dedicated to the conservation of the world’s monuments. and sites with national committees in MalaysiaPhilippinesSingapore and Thailand.
  • SEAMEO-CHAT – The Regional Centre for History and Tradition under the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation, based in Yangon. (Facebook page.)
  • SEAMEO-SPAFA – The Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts, under the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation, based in Bangkok. [Disclosure: I work for SEAMEO SPAFA full-time as the Senior Specialist in Archaeology].
  • UNESCO – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization promotes international cooperation in education, science and culture.
    • UNESCO Bangkok – Website of the Unesco office in Bangkok, which oversees Asia and the Pacific.
  • UNESCO UNITWIN Underwater Archaeology Network – The UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology aims to increase capacity in the participating countries through international cooperation.

Research Institutions

  • EFEO – Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient or the French School of Asian Studies has historically done a lot of research in Indochina because of its colonial links. Website is in French.
  • Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre – Research centre under the Thai Ministry of Culture promoting archaeology and its related disciplines in the country.
  • Temasek History Research Centre – The Temasek History Research Centre (THRC) was established at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute in 2019. THRC will focus on Singapore’s premodern history, its economic and socio-cultural links to the region, as well as its historical role as a trading centre.
  • Vietnam Institute of Archaeology – Viện khảo cổ học is the national research institution under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences.

Professional and Student Associations

Scholarly Societies

  • Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association – Founded in 1929, the IPPA is dedicated to the study of prehistory of Eastern Asia (70 deg longitude) and the pacific region.
  • Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (MBRAS)– Incorporating the Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (JMBRAS), that publishes occasional papers on Malaysian archaeology.
  • The Siam Society – Incorporating the Siamese Heritage Trust. The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage was established in 1904 with a mission to promote knowledge of the culture, history, arts, and natural sciences of Thailand as well as those of neighbouring countries.

Special Interest Groups and NGOs

  • Center for Southeast Asian Prehistory (CESEAP) – An non-goverment organistion working on the field of palaeoanthropology, founded by Vietnamese archaeologists.
  • Chiangmai World Heritage Initiative – Community initiative to list Chiang Mai as a World Heritage Site, which has been on the World Heritage Tentative List since 2015.
  • Henry Luce Foundation – Non-profit private foundation that provides grants in the fields of Asia, higher education, religion and theology, art, and public policy.
  • Heritage Conservation Advocates – The Heritage Conservation Advocates (HCA) campaigns for the preservation and promotion of historical and archaeological sites in Cagayan de Oro and vicinities.
  • Heritage Trust of Malaysia – Badan Warisan, or the Heritage Trust of Malaysia, is an NGO dedicated to conserving and educating about Malaysia’s built heritage.
  • Heritage Watch – Heritage Watch aims to address the problem of the trade in antiquities in Southeast Asia, particularly in Cambodia, by education campaigns, tourism campaigns and other means.
  • Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology – ISEAA is a nonprofit organization, formed in late 2013, that builds upon a core of pioneering scholarship in Southeast Asian archaeology that began in the late 1960s at the Penn Museum.
  • Singapore Heritage Society – SHS is an independent voice for heritage conservation in Singapore.
  • Southeast Asian Ceramic Society – Formed in 1969, the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society’s purpose is to widen appreciation and acquire knowledge of the ceramic art of China and countries adjacent to China, especially those of Southeast Asia. To pursue this aim, local members meet for periodic discussion, to hear talks by experts and to study and compare pots.
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation – The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc. is a private operating foundation dedicated to the advancement of anthropology throughout the world.
  • World Archaeological Congress – The World Archaeological Congress ogists, heritage managers, students and members of the public.
  • World Monuments Fund – runs a number of projects in Southeast Asia.

Research Resources

The following links connect to dedicated subject pages within the Southeast Asian Archaeology website:

  • Online Lecture Library: A searchable collection on publicly-available lectures related to Southeast Asian archaeology. Over 180 lectures and counting.
  • Journals and Research Papers: All about academic papers and the publication outlets that host the latest research. Contains a list of journals relevant to Southeast Asian archaeology.
  • Data Repositories and References: Digital archives and specialised collections for researchers
  • Archaeological Projects: A list of past and present archaeological project websites
  • Libraries: Research and specialist libraries with collections related to archaeology
  • Books: Book recommendations, notices of latest and freely-available books.
  • Conferences: News about past events and calls for upcoming conferences.
  • Laws and Legislation: Collection of local laws, legislation and international charters relevant to Southeast Asian archaeology.
  • Education: A list of universities where you can study about the archaeology of Southeast Asia.
  • Digital Toolkit: Software and digital tools that I use for archaeological research, with many available for free.
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Artifact Type

Archaeological Subfield

The study of archaeology can be further divided into specific subfields. This is not an exhaustive list, and here are some pages devoted to specific subdisciplines.

Other Themes

These are other common themes that come up in the study of the human past in Southeast Asia. An evolving list.

  • Animism: Archaeology of Animism in Southeast Asia
  • Buddhism: Archaeology of Buddhism in Southeast Asia
  • Christianity: Archaeology of Christianity in Southeast Asia
  • Disaster Risk Management: Protecting or mitigating damage to archaeological sites and collections from catatrophic events
  • Hinduism: Archaeology of Hinduism in Southeast Asia
  • Islam: Archaeology of Islam in Southeast Asia
  • Tourism: Archaeological and Cultural Tourism in Southeast Asia

Places to Visit

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Other Websites

Here is where I keep the other useful and interesting sites that are related to the archaeology of Southeast asia. Besides the following links, there are links further categorised into Facebook Groups, Blogs and Personal Websites.

Facebook Groups

Blogs

  • EFEO Jakarta blog (French/Bahasa Indonesia) – Blog run by the Jakarta branch of the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient.
  • International Council of Monuments and Sites, PhilippinesICOMOS Philippines maintains a blog on the industrial heritage of the Philippines.
  • It Surfaced Down Under! – A blog by Damien Huffer discussing the looted antiquities trade in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • KhmerImagery – Page by Dr Vittorio Roveda on the Archaeology of Imagery from the Khmer Empire.
  • Reminiscing Old Java – Blog dedicated to sharing information about old Javanese civilization, including heritage, history, and culture. Last updated 2016.
  • Siam Rat Blog – A blog about the history and culture of thailand and Laos.
  • Tea Circle – Forum for new and emerging perspectives on Burma/Myanmar during its current period of political and economic transition.

Personal Pages

  • Alison in Cambodia – Dr Alison Carter of the University of Oregon works in Cambodia. The website is less updated nowadays, but still some good content on it. More active on Facebook.
  • Michael Vickery memorial page – Devoted to the late Prof. Michael Vickery, contains a list of his publications.
  • Pinisi – Site by Horst Liebner about the Sulawesi boatbuilding tradition.
  • Rasmi Shoocongdej – Personal website of Dr Rasmi Shoocongdej of Silpakorn University, Thailand.
  • Sarah Klassen – Personal website of Dr Sarah Klassen, director of the Koh Ker Archaeological Project and co-director of the Cambodian Archaeological Lidar Initiative.
  • Stephen B. Acabado – Personal website of Dr Stephen Acabado of University of California at Los Angeles.

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