Dr. Joyce White

Director of the Middle Mekong Archaeological Project

University of Pennsylvania Museum, USA

Joyce is Principal Investigator for MMAP, and Co-director of MMAP in Laos. Her career has focused on multi-disciplinary investigation of the human past in Thailand and Laos, especially in the middle reaches of the Mekong basin. She is 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.

Joyce is Principal Investigator for MMAP. She is a Senior Research Scientist at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the director of the Ban Chiang Project. She is also an author and series editor for monographs presenting the results of the joint Thai/Penn excavations at Ban Chiang in the 1970s.

Since 2001, through MMAP Dr. White has been pursuing larger middle Mekong regional questions raised by the original Ban Chiang excavations in Thailand and her work on the Thailand Palaeoenvironment Project. A grant from the Henry R. Luce Foundation has supported four years of research (2008-2013) in northern Laos and the Ban Chiang area of northeast Thailand. MMAP seasons: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009a/b/c, 2010, 2013

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