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A Hundred Years of Archaeology in Thailand
October 19, 2010 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Anthropology Colloquium Series Occasional Seminar
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Tuesday, 19 October 2010 at 3:00 pm in Crawford 115
Presented by Dr. Rasmi Shoocongdej, Archaeology Program, Silpakorn University, Thailand
Thai archaeology has a long and complex history that began long before the 19th century and developed differently than did archaeology in the West. Mainstream Thai archaeology has long been tied to the formation of nation-states, and has an historical foundation. Western approaches only appeared in Thai archaeology after the mid-20th century, and have a fundamentally different emphasis and focus. In recent years, archaeology has become a source of economic development as well as national pride. With this has come increased interest in the protection, conservation, restoration, and rescue of archaeological sites and a concern with recent history.
This talk examines the development of Thai archaeology from a local perspective, and considers how its current status will impact the future growth of archaeology in Thailand. In particular, the talk examines the roles of social, political, and economic factors on the development of theoretical frameworks, research methodologies, and the current status of the construction of archaeological knowledge in Thailand.
Dr. Rasmi Shooocongdej (B.A., Archaeology: Silpakorn University; M.A., Ph.D. , Anthropology: University of Michigan) is an associate professor of archaeology and a former chair of the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Archaeology, Bangkok, Thailand. She specializes in late Pleistocene to post-Pleistocene tropical foragers and works along the western border of Thailand including Mae Hong Son and Kanchanaburi provinces. She has also published on nationalism and archaeology, looting, and public education. She holds several professional positions, including that of senior representative for the World Archaeological Congress, advisory board member for World Archaeology, Asian Perspectives, Bulletin of the Indo-Prehistory Association, and Archaeologies (World Archaeological Congress).
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