Joyce White, Ph.D.
Director, Ban Chiang Project
My career has focused on multi-disciplinary investigation of human past in Thailand and Laos, especially in the middle reaches of the Mekong basin. I am particularly interested in the Middle Holocene, that period between roughly 6000 B.C. and 2000 B.C. when agriculture and metallurgy first appeared in Southeast Asia. My research endeavors have included analysis and publication of Penn’s excavations at Ban Chiang in Thailand in the mid 1970s; ecological field research at Ban Chiang in 1978-1981 where I investigated how local people identified and used plants; lake coring and ecological mapping for palaeoenvironmental research in several parts of Thailand during the 1990s; and since 2001, survey and excavation in northern Laos, especially in Luang Prabang Province.
Over the years, this research has been funded by National Geography Society, National Science Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, The Friends of Ban Chiang, and other foundations and individuals. The major emphasis for the future is to publish this work in a series of monographs, in order to preserve for posterity the Penn Museum’s pioneering research in Southeast Asia.
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