Date: Friday June 3rd, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Venue: National Museum Auditorium, Bangkok
Southeast Asian archaeology is entering an exciting period of expansion with new discoveries and understandings. At the same time, archaeological sites are being destroyed by looting and development at an ever increasing rate. After outlining some trends in Asian archaeological research including her current work in Laos, Dr. White will present behind-the-scenes insights into recent investigations by the US Justice Department into the smuggling of looted antiquities from Thailand into the United States, especially from Ban Chiang culture sites. This legal case is one of the largest cases of this kind to date. Both the difficulties and successes of the case will be illustrated. The presentation will conclude with discussion of paths forward.
Dr. Joyce White is the Founder and Executive Director for the Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology and Director of the Ban Chiang Project at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. She has studied the prehistory of Southeast Asia, first Thailand and now Laos, since she was a graduate student of the late Chester Gorman. Since Gorman’s death in 1981, she has continued fostering the analysis and publication of Gorman’s excavations, particularly of Ban Chiang, while conducting additional fieldwork in palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in Thailand, and survey and excavation in northern Laos. She is in the final stages of compiling the scholarly monograph on the Ban Chiang metals, which will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Museum.
Donation: Member 100 Baht / Guests 200 Baht
Registration is not required but would be appreciated.