The Anthony F. Granucci Fund for Archaeological Research in Indonesia and Timor-Leste

Thirteen applications were received by the Granucci Committee in 2023, of which three could be funded from the financial amount available. The Committee considered each application in terms of the significance of its likely results for broad understanding of the archaeological record in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. The three projects to be granted funding were as follows:

1. Alifah Ali, Ahmad Surya Ramadan, and Nia Marniati Etie Fajari: Exploration of cave sites on Pulau Paliat, Kepulauan Kangean, Indonesia. A$4700.

2. M. Dziyaul F. Arrozain and Anggraeni: Archaeological remains inside the residential area at Palemba, Karama Valley, West Sulawesi, Indonesia. A$4000.

3. Hari Wibowo and Ahmad Surya Ramadan: Cave survey in the Tuban area, Northern Karst Mountains of Java, Indonesia. A$4000.

Congratulations to these awardees. The next round of Granucci applications will close on 31 January 2024.

Peter Bellwood, Sue O'Connor, Philip Piper

Congratulations, Peter!

Congratulations to Peter Bellwood Emeritus Professor of Archaeology (Australian National University) on winning the PROSE Award in Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, and Ancient History for his book The Five-Million Year Odyssey - details of Peter's winning book hyperlinked here.

Winners and Finalists of the Prose Awards honouring scholarly works published in 2022:

Open Research Training Workshop

The International Committee of Open Phytolith Science (ICOPS) is organising a series of workshops in Open Research Skills open to everyone. We will use examples and case studies from plant-related paleoscience fields (e.g., archaeobotany, palaeoecology) but most of the talks and exercises will be general and therefore useful for all researchers.

List of training workshops in Open Research Skills

All workshops will be on a Friday at 14:00 to 16:00 GMT - see the dates above.

The workshops will be a combination of short talks, discussions and hand-on exercises. Please look at this document for more details of what will be included in each workshop: Details of Open Research Training Workshops.

Shared documents and slides used in the training will be made available before each workshop. All resources used in the training, including videos of the workshops, will be made openly available through our website as self-study courses by the end of June 2023.

All workshops will be in English but we have the ability to provide the course materials, and at some workshops, live translation in a few languages. Please indicate if you would require this on the sign up form.

Please sign up for the workshops with this form:

Or feel free to email us ( so that we can add you to the list.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

International Committee of Open Phytolith Science (ICOPS)

Emma Karoune (Committee Chair), Doris Barboni, Jennifer Bates, Abraham Dabengwa, Zachary C. Dunseth, Juan José García-Granero, Yong Ge, Celine Kerfant, Carla Lancelotti, Marco Madella, Maria Gabriela Musaubach, Javier Ruiz-Pérez.

This initiative has been funded by EOSC-Life (reference APPID2596). EOSC-Life has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement number 824087.


Thank You Message from Prof. Rasmi Shoocongdej

Dear friends and colleagues,

On behalf of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, I would like to genuinely thank you for attending the 22nd IPPA Congress in Chiang Mai between 6 & 12 November 2022. Thanks also for your warm wishes and moral support over a couple years. I hope you enjoyed the congress and felt at home. 

Many friends, colleagues, and organisations have supported us for a couple years. I, of course, cannot name them all here, but I would like to name a few.

I would like to personally thank Phil Piper, Fredeliza Campos, Naruphol Wangthongchaicharoen, Pira Venunan, Borisut Boripohon and Rhayan Melendres for volunteering your time to prepare and organize this congress. We had our endless meetings over the past two years. This congress could not have been a successful event without all of your precious time and dedicated work.

Thank you, Chawalit Khaokhiew, conference chairperson for assisting us on the fund raising. We are proud that we could support over 100 funds for the participants. Thank you, the Student and Professional Prize Award Committee, the International Advisory Committee, National Advisory Committee, Academic Advisory Committee, Local Organizing Committee, all members of Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Archaeology, Student Volunteers from the Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University and Rajabhat Chiang Mai University.  I personally appreciate your time and efforts to make this successful congress. Thank you so much.

Thank you Oi Naphaphach, and her team to design a lovely gift package, a book cover, an exhibition, and organized the opening ceremony as well as the farewell dinner which were all memorable events.

Unfortunately, Peter Bellwood, Claudia, and Ian Lilley could not be here with us at this meeting. Thanks for their devotion and hard-working over many years. We missed them!!!

I believe that the success of the congress is that we reach our association mission including to create a venue for us from around the world to come together in person, exchange our new information and share ideas (and data), discuss our current research, and plan to foster our collaborative research together. I expect that you have a great opportunity to meet and make new friends as well as build the new research networks.

I hope you will continue to keep your motivation, passion, and enthusiasm up for the future research challenge in our region because we love what we are doing, archaeology. Indeed, we have strengthen our Indo-Pacific archaeology!

We also appreciate your inputs and suggestions during the IPPA general meeting as you are our valuable members.  We hope that you will volunteer to help and support our organization in the future. So, the involvement continues to grow in our community.  Please help to spread the word about IPPA, renew and encourage new membership!

Once again, I would like to express my wholehearted thanks to all participants for attending, and your kind support for this congress. It means a lot for us.  We look forward to seeing you again in the 23rd IPPA congress. We will soon know where will be the next place to go.

Rasmi Shoocongdej

IPPA President

Delegates of the IPPA 22nd Congress during the mid-conference tour in Chiang Mai, Thailand (November, 2022)

Call for Submissions


Antiquity Journal is actively seeking to publish research that represents global diversity in archaeology. Research from Australia and New Zealand seem to be under-represented at present, but all research from our region is considered.


Proposals for Island & Coastal Archaeology Book Series

From the University Press of Florida titled "Society and Ecology in Island and Coastal Archaeology"

Series Description: The settlement and occupation of islands, coastlines, and archipelagoes can be traced deep into the human past. From the voyaging and seafaring peoples of Oceania to the Mesolithic fisher-hunter-gatherers of coastal Ireland, to coastal salt production among Maya traders, the range of variation found in these societies over time is boundless. Yet, they share a commonality that links them all together—their dependence upon seas, coasts, and estuaries for life and prosperity. Thus, in all these cultures there is a fundamental link between society and the ecology of islands and coasts. Books in this series explore the nature of humanity’s relationship to these environments from a global perspective.

For more information please visit the weblink: 

Society and Ecology in Island and Coastal Archaeology

Delegates of the IPPA 20th Congress (2014) in Siem Reap, Cambodia (photo ©FCampos)