Quaternary and Prehistory Research in Southeast Asia: Scholarships, Emerging Themes, and Innovative Methods

1Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Philippine Normal University

2Department of Sociology and Behavioural Sciences, De La Salle University

3Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines

4Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University

In the last two decades alone, Southeast Asia has produced numerous archaeological and fossil sites that have contributed to our deepening understanding of human evolution, morphological and behavioural variability, pathways of hominin dispersal, and the region’s palaeoecological context. Several of these have aligned with the research initiatives of Southeast Asian scholars from the Erasmus Mundus International Masters and Doctoral Programmes on Quaternary and Prehistory from 2002-2022. This session aims to explore the contributions of these scholars to our current knowledge of the Southeast Asian quaternary and prehistory; the sites they have worked on, the research they have produced, and the networks they have built. Papers may include a wide range of site-based or region-wide scientific methodologies, innovative methods of artefact analysis, novel interpretations of 20th century data, palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, population routes and movements, the management of archaeological heritage resources, and other emerging themes of quaternary prehistory research in the region.