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“01 AUGUST 2008, PHILADELPHIA, PA—The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 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.

The grant, which runs from July 2008 through June 2012, was made through the Foundation’s Luce Initiative on East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History. It is one of only 13 institutional grants awarded since the inception of the highly competitive program, and the only collaborative research grant awarded for work in South East Asia. It is also a challenge grant: Penn Museum must raise almost $400,000 in matching funds over the three-year grant period.
—University of Penn Museum Press Release

We still need your help! Every contribution, no matter how small, enables us to further the cause of Thai Archaeology. Private contributions also help attract the notice of donors like The Henry Luce Foundation. Become a member of the Friends of Ban Chiang today and ensure the continued analysis and preservation of this important link to the human past. Both individual and corporate Friends are needed; all contributions are gratefully received! Those who contribute at the level of Bronze Caster may direct their gift.

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Over $1000 Bronze Caster
$500-999 Pottery Painter
$100-499 Iron Smith
$25-99 Stone Carver

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For comments or questions contact:
Ardeth Anderson, ardeth@sas.upenn.edu