Prof. Armand "Mandy" Mijares!

photo courtesy of Aileen P. Mijares

Congratulations for winning the 2023 Global Australian Award, Indo-Pacific Impact

The Global Australian Awards recognise the work of remarkable Australians making an extraordinary impact on the global stage in industry sectors that are of particular importance to Australia.

Mandy is this year's Gamechanger for the Indo-Pacific. Visit the #GlobalAustralianPodcast for more information about his achievements and the award.



The Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology announces the fifth round of the biennial award of $1000 for early career Southeast Asian archaeologists

Committee Charge: The committee solicits nominations and selects recipients for the Early Career Award in Southeast Asian Archaeology. The committee selects a single peer-reviewed article or chapter published within five years of the lead author’s receipt of doctorate that exemplifies excellent application of current archaeological theory to Southeast Asian data. 

Award Cycle: Every two years 

Committee Chair: Grace Barretto-Tesoro ( 

Committee Members: Grace Barretto-Tesoro (University of the Philippines), Bérénice Bellina-Pryce (National Centre for Scientific Research), Alison Carter (University of Oregon), Nigel Chang (James Cook University), Rintaro Ono (Minpaku National Museum of Ethnology) 

Who Is Eligible to Submit Nominations or Apply for Award: 

1. Self-nominations are sought, but applicants are encouraged to work with mentors if desired in developing their applications. 

2. Nominations may be made by any professional archaeologist who holds a PhD. 

3. Nominees must have defended their dissertations and received their Ph.D. degree within the five-year period from 31 August 31, 2018 to 1 September 2023. 

Nomination/Submission Materials Required: 

1. Nomination letters should be submitted by email to the committee chair 

2. PDF of one published article or chapter 

3. Updated curriculum vitae (include the date of the successful defense or final award of doctorate) 

4. Two-page letter that includes the lead author’s current address and a scholarly description of why the publication is an exemplary application of current archaeological theory to Southeast Asian data. 

Nomination/Submission Deadline: December 1, 2023 

Selection or Evaluation Criteria: Submitted articles and chapters are evaluated and ranked by committee members on factors including originality and quality of research and strengths of application of current archaeological theory to Southeast Asian data. Both mainland (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar [Burma], and Malay peninsula) and island (island Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, East Timor, Brunei, and Singapore) are included. 

Committee Deliberation Process: The committee evaluates submitted articles and chapters though a series of electronic meetings. Honorable Mention(s) may be recognized at the discretion of the committee. The selection will be announced about June 1, 2024. 

Award: $1000


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.

Contact: Peter Bellwood, Sue O'Connor, Philip Piper

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)


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


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.


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