Excavating the Future of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Yangon

Photo by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic

Event details

Myanmar Brownbag Seminar Series

Date & time

Thursday 27 April 2017


PSC Reading Room 4.27, Hedley Bull Centre (130), Garran Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Professor San Shwe


Gerard McCarthy

Understanding and preserving historical sites and artefacts are essential to the past, present and future of Myanmar and global scholarship. This presentation by Professor San Shwe, Head of Department of Archaeology at University of Yangon, will explore the challenges faced in the study of historical sites and artefacts in contemporary Myanmar. Beginning with a focus on the challenges of academic research and resource constraints since the inception of the Department of Archaeology in 1994, the seminar will then discuss the ways that faculty members and students are now engaging in collaborations and capacity-building with Myanmar and international partners to improve teaching and research. It ends with a reflection of the future of archaeology as a discipline in Myanmar and the role of partnerships with government, industry and international scholars in deepening understandings of the past.

Professor San Shwe is Head of Department of Archaeology at University of Yangon. His extensive research includes work on Bagan’s ink inscriptions and wall paintings as well as the early urban period in Myanmar, especially in Pyu and Ancient Trade Route of Southeast Asia. From 1986 to 1993, he served as a Tutor in the History Department at University of Yangon and Pyay until he was transferred to Department of Archaeology at University of Yangon after its inception in July 1994. He has presented research at the Museum of London in England, University of Kanazawa in Japan, Burma Study Conference in Singapore, SEAMEO SPAFA Conference in Thailand, East-West Corridor Conference in Bangkok, World Archaeology Conference in Japan, Ministry of Tourism, Department of Geography in University of Yangon, Annual Seminars at University of Yangon, SEAMEO CHAT, and Universities Historical Research Centre (UHRC). He holds PhD in Archaeology and MA in History and Archaeology from University of Yangon.

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