#PartnerTuesdays: Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology

March 25, 2014

UAC Program Partner the Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology is dedicated to the multi-disciplinary investigation of mainland Southeast Asia’s archaeological past in order to advance that knowledge for the benefit of both scholars and the public. Established in 2013, the ISEAA continues and builds upon the decades-long archaeological research programs in Thailand and Laos at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. ISEAA’s current research programs include: The Ban Chiang Project and the Middle Mekong Archaeological Project (MMAP).  ISEAA will also serve as a home for future research projects in Southeast Asian archaeology.

The Middle Mekong Archaeological Project (MMAP) is a research program under the Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology (ISEAA). MMAP seeks to investigate human settlement of the Mekong Valley in Southeast Asia. MMAP’s fieldwork has yielded thousands of stone and ceramic artifacts, human skeletal remains, and other evidence from over 11,000 years of human habitation in the area.

The Ban Chiang Project is dedicated to pursuing scientific research on the prehistoric culture revealed by excavations at the site of Ban Chiang in northern Thailand. Archaeologists from the Ban Chiang Prject have recovered tons of material to be analyzed. Material found includes pottery; metal, stone, animal bone, and other artifacts believed to have been from the early villagers of ancient Ban Chiang.

To learn more about the Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology, please visit http://www.iseaarchaeology.org/.