Special Seminar by Thanik Lertcharnrit: “Digging the Deep Roots of Southeast Asian Culture: Archaeological Evidence, with Special Reference to Thailand”

Thanik Lertcharnrit (Visiting Research Scholar, CSEAS Kyoto University)

This presentation introduces a prehistoric culture of Southeast Asia, drawing on the archaeological record of Thailand. Recent discoveries in the variety have yielded a wealth of material, including artifactual, faunal, floral, as well as human skeletal remains. This seminar will present and discuss this material from both intra- and inter-regional perspectives. Temporal context of these finds broadly ranges from Stone Age (ca. over 100,000–3,500 BP) to Metal Age (ca. 3,500–1,500 BP), over cultural context covering such topics as subsistence strategies, settlement patterns, mortuary practices, as well as trade and exchange. 

Speaker’s Bio:
Thanik Lertcharnrit is an Associate Professor of archaeology and a full-time faculty at the Department of Archaeology, Silpakorn University in Bangkok, and is currently a visiting research scholar at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University. He earned his BA with honors in archaeology from the Department of Archaeology, Silpakorn University in Bangkok, MA, and PhD degrees from the Department of Anthropology, Washington State University in Pullman, WA, USA. During the past 30 years, he has done archaeological as well as cultural heritage management research in Thailand. He has published numerous book chapters and articles on the subject in national and international peer-reviewed journals.

* This Seminar is held in collaboration with the Japan Society for Southeast Asian Archaeology (JSSAA).