Dear Esteem colleagues,
Greetings from Thailand. This is the first message after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. These couple years, our lives, research, and teaching were full of difficulties, frustrations, and obstacles. Our local and international committees have worked very hard to ensure that this meeting can continue as planned in 2022. Over the past two years, we make sure that we have a secure funding for our congress with the great supports from Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University and the other Institutional partners including The Royal Thai Fine Arts Department, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropological Centre (Public Orgnaization), Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization), Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts, Social Research Institute, Chiang Mai University, ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Management, and Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University Alumni Association. In addition, we have many volunteers to help with the different tasks. Without them, this congress would not be possible. I thank them all.
At this Congress, we cover a wide range of topics including new discoveries in the Indo-Pacific region from the modern human dispersal to the socio-cultural issues in contemporary society involving gender, collaborative research, indigenous and local communities. These presented research also indicate the progress of Indo-Pacific archaeology through the diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches. Indeed, our research can put our regional in the world context.
Up to now, although the economic crisis and health situation are evenly not good within our region. I am delighted to see that we have also received attendance from fellow members who will come to present at this congress. We have a total of 60 sessions with over 550 people from 48 countries.
However, I am deeply saddened by the news that many colleagues cannot attend; especially, from Myanmar and China due to the civil conflict and the domestic Covid-19 regulation, respectively. We definitely miss them.
What’s new this year? There are many awards including a Student Poster Prize, a Professional Archaeologist Poster Prize and a Presentation Prize. We hope these awards are a blessing and encouragement to our fellow members for their hard and good works. In addition, we have held a few workshops to enhance research skills before and after the meeting. To the end, we organize the excursions to archaeological sites in Thailand which you can choose according to your interests. Please don’t forget to sign up ahead of time!!!
We also have an opportunity to bring you to join our Loy Krathong tradition in Chiang Mai where is a famous province for this event!!! Loy Krathong is a common ritual of Southeast Asia to thank the goddess of the water on the full moon night. We can pray for blessing and asking for bad things to pass by our lives in order to start over. We believe this ceremony is a perfect fit for our meeting. We are expecting to go back to work in the fields after missing three years during the Covid-19.
It is time to be joyful. We look forward to meeting you all in November and let’s strengthen our Indo-Pacific archaeological community and make the impact for the future together!!!.
Rasmi Shoocongdej, Ph.D.
Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Archaeology,
Silpakorn University, 31 Na Phra Lan road,
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
President of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA)
Please join our 22th IPPA Congress, 6-12 November 2022
At Le Meridian Marriott, Chiang Mai, Thailand