KOMOOT, Abhirada | Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University

KOMOOT, Abhirada

KOMOOT, Abhirada
Research Departments・Position
Cross-regional Studies
Affiliated Researcher
Area
Maritime and Underwater Archaeology, Ancient Ship Studies, Indian Ocean World History, Archaeological Heritage Management, and Field Arcaheology
Research Interests / Keywords
ancient ships, maritime cultural heritage and digital heritage documentation
Contact
abhirada.komoot@gmail.com

KOMOOT, Abhirada

Abhirada Komoot is a project coordinator for the Maritime Asia Heritage Survey in Thailand. Her dedication to maritime archaeology is evident in her broad background in archaeology, cultural heritage laws and management. Her interest in this field was sparked in the last year of her first undergraduate degree at Silpakorn University when she joined an intense underwater archaeology training course. This hobby ignited her passion for the safeguarding of such heritage, leading her to pursue another degree in law from Thammasat University. She also worked as a local liaison for the UNESCO Asia-Pacific training courses on the protection of underwater cultural heritage. Her path to the heritage profession was presented to her at Leiden University, where she gained her MA in archaeological heritage management. During this time, she was offered a priceless opportunity to work with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. Over decades in the field, her research skills escalated significantly when she took her doctorate degree at the University of Western Australia, focusing on the Phanom-Surin ship, the 9th-century Indian Ocean sewn-plank ship. Abhirada's expertise lies in examining maritime contacts through ancient ship technology, a field in which she is a recognised authority. Her work aims to counter the existing civilisational connotation and decentralise the academic mainstream, thereby adding significant value to Southeast Asia’s maritime potential for the Indian Ocean connections. This includes technical knowledge sharing and ship material sourcing. She strongly believes in the importance of the local community's direct involvement in the management of maritime cultural heritage and its legal development. Her current position provides her with an excellent platform to communicate with the public and academics about nonstereotyped research and minorities.

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