The Friends of Ban Chiang (FOBC) were founded in the summer of 1993 in celebration of UNESCO’s inscription of Ban Chiang as a World Heritage Site. As of December 2009, we have raised over $350,000 from nearly 250 Friends in the United States and abroad.
All Friends receive the annual newsletter, The Ban Chiang UpDate, labels for display, and invitations to all FOBC gatherings including presentations of the Museum’s latest research in Southeast Asia.
Friends are Dedicated to Supporting Goals of the Ban Chiang Project:
RESEARCH the archaeological site of Ban Chiang
ANALYZE the materials recovered from the excavation
PUBLISH the research findings in a monograph series
PRESERVE the archaeological artifacts from Ban Chiang
PROTECT and promote the cultural and environmental heritage of Southeast Asia
Ban Chiang Project is Awarded a 4-Year $300,000 Grant from the Luce Foundation
The Ban Chiang Project has received a four-year, $300,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to organize and run a cross-borders, international collaborative research program in Laos and Thailand. “Strengthening the Future of Southeast Asian Archaeology: Investigating the Prehistoric Settlement of the Mekong Middle Basin,” will be directed by Dr. Joyce White, Senior Research Scientist in the Asian Section at Penn Museum, co-Director of the Middle Mekong Archaeology Project since 2001, and Director of the Museum’s Ban Chiang, Thailand Project since 1982.