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  • The first international award for early career Southeast Asian archaeologists has been established by the Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology (ISEAA). Click here for more information about this exciting new […]

    ISEAA establishes new international award

    The first international award for early career Southeast Asian archaeologists has been established by the Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology (ISEAA). Click here for more information about this exciting new […]

  • by Ardeth Anderson A couple of months ago, I attended an evening talk at the Penn Museum where movies of the Ban Chiang Project’s first director, Chester Gorman, were part […]

    Chet Gorman, Ban Chiang’s Wild Ginger Man

    by Ardeth Anderson A couple of months ago, I attended an evening talk at the Penn Museum where movies of the Ban Chiang Project’s first director, Chester Gorman, were part […]

  • The Ban Chiang Project designated the academic year 2010-2011 as the Year of Ceramics (YOC), with activities to advance the scholarly study of the famous ceramics of Ban Chiang. The […]

    Year of Ceramics

    The Ban Chiang Project designated the academic year 2010-2011 as the Year of Ceramics (YOC), with activities to advance the scholarly study of the famous ceramics of Ban Chiang. The […]

  • The University of Pennsylvania Museum and Dr. Joyce White, Associate Curator of the Museum’s Asian section, were honored by Her Royal Highness of Thailand, Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, on […]

    Joyce White Honored at Opening of Ban Chiang National Museum

    The University of Pennsylvania Museum and Dr. Joyce White, Associate Curator of the Museum’s Asian section, were honored by Her Royal Highness of Thailand, Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, on […]

  • Most long term archaeological projects have stacks of film photos stuck in a cabinet, set aside to be organized—some day. The thousands of images of pots, spear points, bracelets, bones, and excavation layers taken during decades of excavation and analysis in the Ban Chiang Project weren’t stuck in a cabinet. Instead, slides were organized in little boxes on shelves, and negatives and contact sheets were loaded into large and unwieldy loose leaf binders and stored in cardboard boxes. To find all the photographs taken of a certain pot required hours of hunting through dusty boxes, flipping through file folders, and deciphering twenty-year-old handwritten notes.

    The Ban Chiang Digital Image Project

    Most long term archaeological projects have stacks of film photos stuck in a cabinet, set aside to be organized—some day. The thousands of images of pots, spear points, bracelets, bones, and excavation layers taken during decades of excavation and analysis in the Ban Chiang Project weren’t stuck in a cabinet. Instead, slides were organized in little boxes on shelves, and negatives and contact sheets were loaded into large and unwieldy loose leaf binders and stored in cardboard boxes. To find all the photographs taken of a certain pot required hours of hunting through dusty boxes, flipping through file folders, and deciphering twenty-year-old handwritten notes.

  • An American college student's famous stumble over a tree root that led to the discovery of the Bronze Age culture of Ban Chiang also led to a complete revision of then-current ideas about the technological sophistication of prehistoric Southeast Asians. Before the 1970s, the prevailing scholarly opinion held that the earliest metal use in Southeast Asia was no older than ca. 500 BC. Southeast Asia was considered rather a technological backwater.

    Bronze from Ban Chiang

    An American college student’s famous stumble over a tree root that led to the discovery of the Bronze Age culture of Ban Chiang also led to a complete revision of then-current ideas about the technological sophistication of prehistoric Southeast Asians. Before the 1970s, the prevailing scholarly opinion held that the earliest metal use in Southeast Asia was no older than ca. 500 BC. Southeast Asia was considered rather a technological backwater.