Dear all,

First, I would like to thank all those who have nominated individuals as potential members of the IPPA Executive Committee, and those who have agreed to stand for election to membership.

We had a good response for nominations. We had two nominations for Oceania, 3 for East (Northeast) Asia, 6 for Southeast Asia and a further 3 for South Asia. The IPPA Executive will consist of two members from each region.

As Oceania has only two nominees, they will be automatically included in the Executive (the names will be announced with the rest of the Executive Committee following the voting).

You, the IPPA members now have the opportunity to choose the executive members for the regions of East, Southeast and South Asia. The attached pdf contains a short biography for each of the nominated candidates.

The link below will take you to a short election form:


Please select TWO individuals from each region. Once you have made your selection please press submit and the form will be returned to IPPA.

NOTE: If you cannot access the form or it won’t work then please send an email with your chosen candidates to this address: secgen@ippasecretariat.org

I will not reveal the individual votes for each of the nominees but simply announce the selected candidates at the end of March 2019.

Please take the opportunity to have your vote. The selected candidates will represent you and your region on the IPPA Executive Committee for the next 8 years.



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IPPA Executive Committee Nominees

Short Biographies

Southeast Asia

STEPHEN ACABADODr. Stephen Acabado is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UCLA. His archaeological investigations in Ifugao, northern Philippines, have established the recent origins of the UNESCO-listed Cordillera Rice Terraces, which were once known to be at least 2,000 years old. Stephen directs the Ifugao Archaeological Project, a collaborative research program between the University of the Philippines-Archaeological Studies Program, the National Museum of the Philippines, UCLA, and the Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement. His work revolves around agricultural systems, indigenous responses to colonialism, subsistence shifts, landscape archaeology, and heritage conservation. He is a strong advocate of an “engaged” archaeology where descendant communities and various stakeholders are involved in the research process. CRISTINA CASTILLO COBODr. Cristina Castillo Cobo has been working in Southeast Asian archaeology since 2007, specializing in archaeobotany. She finished her PhD at UCL, Institute of Archaeology and has since been working as a Research Associate in NERC funded projects at UCL and undertook a fellowship at the Plant Breeding laboratory in Kobe University (2016-2017). The NERC projects focused on the evolution of rice systems and transitions from dry/wet agricultural systems across Asia. Cristina’s interests also include the development of cultivation in Southeast Asia, trade and movements of plants, and archaeogenetics. Collaborations include projects in Southeast Asia from hunter-gatherer to Medieval Age sites. JULIEN LOUYSDr. Julien Louys is a vertebrate palaeontologist specialising in palaeoecology and evolutionary biology, with a specific focus on human evolution. He completed his PhD on the megafauna extinctions of Southeast Asia in 2008. Julien is actively involved in palaeoanthropological and palaeontological field-based research in Africa, Arabia, Asia, and Australia. He is originally from Reunion Island, and is now based at the Australian Research Center for Human Evolution, Griffith University, Australia. He is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, currently undertaking a major project examining the Pleistocene fossil records of Sumatra. ARMAND MIJARESDr. Armand (Mandi) Mijares is an Associate Professor 7 and a UP Scientist 1 at the Archaeological Studies Program (ASP), University of the Philippines (UP). Mandi served as Deputy Director (4 years) and Director (5 years) of ASP. Previous to his appointment as faculty of ASP, he worked as a Museum Researcher with the National Museum of the Philippines for 12 years. In terms of educational attainment, Mandi has a PhD in Archaeology and Paleoanthropology from the Australian National University, an MS in Anthropology major in Archaeology from the University of New Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar, and an MA in Anthropology from the University of the Philippines. His research interests focus on Palaeolithic Period and Hunter-gatherer studies, and technical skills include lithic usewear analysis, geoarchaeology, soil micromorphology, and ceramic petrology. SOFWAN NOERWIDISofwan Noerwidi is currently completing his PhD in Quaternary and Prehistory at the Museum of Natural History, Paris. He is a researcher at the National Research Center of Archaeology, Indonesia, Balai Arkeologi Yogyakarta. Sofwan’s specialist field of research is palaeoanthropology, but he is also a proficient field archaeologist having worked at several famous hominid and cave sites in central and eastern Java, as well as Sumatra. DOUGALD O’REILLYAssoc. Prof. Dougald O’Reilly holds a PhD in archaeology and has conducted research in Southeast Asia for nearly two decades. He has held academic posts with UNESCO in Cambodia, the University of Sydney, Australia, Yale University, USA, and is currently employed at the Australian National University as an Associate Professor. He is widely published in academia with a book, and multiple journal articles and book chapters to his name. Dougald is the founder and currently, Treasurer of Heritage Watch, a non-governmental organization promoting heritage preservation in Cambodia operating since 2003. His archaeological research focuses on the Iron Age of Thailand and Cambodia and the rise of political complexity and currently he is researching the Plain of Jars in Laos.

South Asia

SHANTI PAPPU Prof. Shanti Pappu is the founder/secretary of the Sharma Centre for Heritage Education (SCHE), a non-profit educational trust that conducts research in Indian archaeology and palaeoenvironments, and public archaeology. She is a former Professor of Prehistory from the Deccan College, Pune. Shanti has worked as a Homi Bhabha Fellow at the SCHE, Charles Wallace fellow at the Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge, and has been decorated with several awards including Prof. H. D. Sankalia Gold Medal of the Deccan College, the Young Scientist award from the Earthwatch Institute, USA. She is the Joint-Secretary, Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Research and a Fellow of several academic societies and, member of research committees of various archaeological, educational and research institutions. In recent years, Shanti’s research has focused on investigating the prehistory and palaeoenvironments along the southeast coast of India, including excavations at Attirampakkam, and on microlith artefact bearing coastal dunes of Tamil Nadu. PRABODH SHIRVALKARDr. Prabodh Shirvalkar is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of AIHC and Archaeology, Deccan College, Pune, India. His research interests focus on Harappan civilization, Neolithic and Chalcolithic cultures and field archaeology. Prabodh directed excavations at Kotada Bhadli (Harappan site, Gujarat), co-directed excavations at Chatrikheda, Pachamta and Jawasiya (Ahar Chalcolithic and Microlithic sites, Rajasthan). He is currently directing the excavations at Chirand (Neolithic-Chalcolithic site, Bihar). He is also a ceramicist working on materials from the site of Binjor and Sanauli (Harappan sites, excavated by Archaeological Survey of India). He was the Joint Secretary of Society of South Asian Archaeology (SOSSA) from 2010-2013. Prabodh has published around 45 research papers in national, international journals and edited volumes and has authored a book. Two more books are currently in press. PRAKASH SINHAProf. Prakash Sinha has been a professor in archaeology, Department of Ancient History, Culture & Archaeology, University of Allahabad, India since 2006. He is a former Honorary Fellow in the College of Humanities, University of Exeter, U.K. and former Honorary Adjunct Faculty at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Banglore, India. Prakash’s research covers the sub-disciplines in experimental, theoretical, cognitive, field archaeology, and lithic technology. He also has interests in micro-wear analysis, phytolith analysis, sampling and quantitative techniques, and computer applications in archaeology (GIS). Prakash has published/presented nearly 97 research papers on his areas within national and international journals and at conferences. He has organised a number of workshops on experimental archaeology.

East Asia

YU CHONGDr. Yu Chong is an Associate Professor at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangdong. Her specialisation is Zooarchaeology with a focus on various aspects of past bio-cultural evolution, including the origins and the spread of animal domestication, palaeoeconomy, food processing, ritual, cultural uses of animal bones in East Asia. This includes regional and comparative studies on Neolithization, early civilizations, hierarchy, and social complexity with special consideration of China and other areas of Asia. Chong joined IPPA in 2014, and has dedicated time promoting archaeological research between China and surrounding countries and areas, especially in Japan, Vietnam and Australia. XIE GUANGMAOProf. Xie Guangmao was born in Guangxi, South China, and graduated in Archaeology from Xiamen (Amoy) University. He has been working as an archaeologist since his graduation in 1985, and is engaged in prehistoric archaeology in South China. Guangmao has been to many countries as a conference participant or a visiting scholar. His research works include 60 papers and 9 books. He is now a professor and the head of the prehistoric archaeological department of Guangxi Institute of Cultural Relics Protection and Archaeology. MARIKO YAMAGATAProf. Mariko Yamagata is from the Department of Management, Okayama University of Science, Japan where she teaches Southeast Asian Archaeology and Cultural Resource Studies. Mariko received her PhD in Archaeology (Japanese prehistory) from the University of Tokyo in 1995. She has been engaged in archaeological research in Vietnam since the mid 1990s, focusing on the issue of the transition from prehistoric Iron Age cultures to the emergence and the formation of early states.