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Call for Abstracts: KAPI 12th Conference

The Kapisanan ng mga Arkeologist sa Pilipinas, Inc. (KAPI) is pleased to announce its 12th Conference to be held 4th of December 2021 via ZOOM.


Archaeological Webinars

An ongoing webinar series hosted by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University is available. Seminars are Tuesdays, but note that the time changes for each presentation.


Grants in Modern Chinese History or Archaeology from the Esherick-Ye Family Foundation

The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation is pleased to announce its sixth annual competition for small grants of up to $6,000 to support projects in modern Chinese economic, social, and political history or in archaeology.


FAIR Phytolith Data

A message from Dr. Celine Kerfant (IPHES) for all those of you that are interested in archaeobotany and phytolith research.

I am writing to present to you the FAIR phytolith project I recently joined which is hosted at the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain.

This project aims at increasing good practices and data sharing within the phytolith researcher community (archaeobotany, paleoethnobotany among others). I think that Southeast Asian and Pacific archaeobotanists might be really interested in this project as the phytolith studies discipline is really suffering from a quite dispersed methodology and data sharing.

The IPPA' s network can reach a broad network of archaeologists and archaeobotanists and I thought it would be fantastic if these links could be shared with the IPPA community.

Here are two links to the FAIR Phytolith project:

Dr. Emma Karoune's presentation at EAA conference: and where the talk was registered:

Prof. Peter Bellwood Awarded International Cosmos Prize

Dear Members,

I am very pleased to announce that Prof. Peter Bellwood has been awarded the 28th International Cosmos Prize for his contributions to developing our understanding of past human societies, and especially his multi-disciplinary research on the 'early farming dispersal hypothesis'.


ISEAA Early Career Award

The Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology announces the fourth round of the biennial award of USD 1000 for early career Southeast Asian archaeologists.

The deadline for nominations is on the 1st of December 2021.

Announcement & Guidelines

Job Opportunities at CUHK

Research Assistant Professor(s), Part-Time Lecturer job advertisement at the Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Information about the Maritime Heritage Survey (MAHS)

The Maritime Asia Heritage Survey (MAHS) works to both produce new forms of digital documentation and facilitate the open accessibility and secure long-term preservation of records on critically endangered historical and archaeological sites in coastal regions across Southern Asia.


Additional Resources

A new page has been added to the IPPA Secretariat website. It contain links to lectures, archives, project galleries and other files from IPPA members. Please access and use these resources at your discretion. The IPPA Secretariat assumes no responsibility or liability for any omissions, errors or infringements in the contents of these sites.

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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

Next IPPA 2022 Congress

Dear all,

It is my pleasure to announce the next IPPA Congress.

The Executive Committee voted to support the Thailand proposal to host the 2022 IPPA Congress.

The Congress will be held at the Le Meridien Hotel, Chiang Mai from the 6th-12th November 2022.

The successful Thai application to host the Congress is a joint project between Silpakorn University, Fine Arts Department of Thailand, SEAMEO SPAFA and the Princess Maha-Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre.

Further information will follow on the website over the coming months as we make progress in the organisation.

As is IPPA policy, the Association will have a new president.

We thank co-Presidents Dr. Nguyễn Giang Hải and Dr. Phan Thanh Hải for all their hard work in organising and implementing the very successful 2018 IPPA Congress. Their four year term (2016-2020) is now completed.

We welcome our new President: Professor Rasmi Shoocongdej (Silpakorn University).

Rasmi will lead the organisation of the 2022 Chiang Mai Congress.



Message from IPPA President Rasmi Shoocongdej

Dear esteemed colleagues,

As the next President of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, I would like to extend incredible thanks to everybody for all of your warm wishes and support. I feel honored, privileged, and humbled at the same time.

I would like to thank all colleagues for your engagement with the organization and support in the past and I look forward to future collaboration. Let me also take an opportunity to acknowledge the Former Co-Presidents: Dr. Nguyễn Giang Hải and Dr. Phan Thanh Hải and his Vietnamese colleagues for their tremendous works and efforts on the 2018 IPPA Congress in Hue, Vietnam and a secretary: Professor Ian Lilley for his devotion and hard-working over many years.

At this time, I would like to announce the 22nd Indo-Pacific Association Congress as planned at the Le Meridien Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand between 6th-12th November 2022. This will be hosted by Silpakorn University, Fine Arts Department, SEAMEO SPAFA, Sirindhorn Anthropological Centre (SAC), Social Research Institute Chiang Mai University, and Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) of Thailand. I hope for perhaps more host sponsors which we will add to the list later. Note that the time will overlap with the Loi Krathong Festival. Don’t miss it and please mark your calendar!

I will be working closely with our new secretary: Professor Phil Piper, our executive committee and Thai committee members to ensure that the Congress will be well prepared. Logistically, with the challenges that come as we face a global pandemic, the coronavirus, has heavily impacted on our academic activities, field research, health and daily routines. We hope that we can still organize the 22nd Indo-Pacific Association Congress. I will keep you posted on the progress. We are working on our official website and will further update news regularly. Next year, we will call for a session. Please help us by being and renewing your membership. Also please let us know of your ideas and suggestions for the conference.

Last but not least, in the next four years I look forward to continuing to strengthen our professionalism in archaeological practices in Indo-Pacific region. Especially dear to me is to promote diversity and being a platform for dialog between archeologist and local community for sustainable heritage management.

I will see you all soon at the 22nd Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Congress if not before that.

Warmest regards,

Sawasdi ka…..

Rasmi Shoocongdej, PhD

President, Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association

Message from the Secretary General

Dear IPPA Community,

Thank you all for making the 21st Congress in Hue such an overwhelming success and a lot fun.

I would like to personally take the opportunity to thank Prof. Ian Lilley for all his hard work for our community, not just for this Congress, but the preceding one at Siem Reap, Cambodia in 2014.

Ian has now retired as the IPPA Secretary General, and I would like to thank the Executive Committee for my election to the position. I hope I can be as successful as previous individuals to take on this role since the inception of the Association at the 4th Pacific Science Congress in 1929!

Some important events need to occur in the coming months. Firstly, we will need to elect eight new members to the Executive Committee to help guide the Association through the next eight years. One of the first jobs of the Executive Committee will be to assess bids for the country and institution(s) that will host the next Congress.

I will send out further information on how we vote in new Executive Committee members before the year has ended. I would like to have the new members in place as early as possible next year.

At the same time if there are any countries/institutions interested in hosting the 22ndCongress please let us know. I will compile an information pack and send it out to interested parties so that they can make an educated assessment of suitability, and to determine whether they can facilitate the Congress. From there, it will be possible for your country/institution to compile a bid for submission to the Executive Committee. I hope to have a decision on the next Congress venue by the end of 2019 at the very latest.

The email address will be the official IPPA Secretariat email you can write to. Visit the IPPA Secretariat website for updates. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Iza Campos in maintaining this website and for continuing to be part of the IPPA Secretariat.

Additionally, we have posted an announcement from KAPI (Katipunan Arkeologists ng Pilipinas, Inc.), the Society of Philippine Archaeologists re the upcoming 11th KAPI Conference which will be held on the 8th of December 2018 in Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines.

I will be in touch soon.