Faculty Projects and Programs
Balagne Landscape Project
La Balagne Landscape Project is a collaboration between the Università di Corsica Pascale Paoli, the University of Washington (Seattle) and the University of Winchester. Studies are undertaken under a Conservatoire d'Archeologie permit. Fieldwork takes place in June and July and is carried out by field teams comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from the three universities together with students from other universities taking part in the University of Washington Field School. Post-fieldwork analytical work takes place between the field seasons in Corte (Corsica), Seattle, Winchester and at Royal Holloway.
Balagne Landscape Project Website
Banda Islands Archaeology
The first archaeological research in the Banda Islands was conducted by Peter Lape beginning in 1997. The 1997-98 field seasons included site survey and excavations on three of the islands, Banda Naira, Pulau Ay and Banda Besar and formed the basis of Lape’s PhD dissertation at Brown University. Although some early farming sites were identified in these surveys, the focus of this work was on the late pre-colonial period (1000-1600 AD), the time leading up to the 1621 military invasion by the Dutch East India Company. Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation, Earthwatch (which also coordinated volunteer support for the project), Brown University and a Fulbright Fellowship.
After a hiatus of nearly a decade, field research began again in 2007 with a project focused on the early farming period (approx. 3000 BP), including new excavations at the PA1 site on Pulau Ay. This project is directed by Peter Lape (now at University of Washington) and Daud Tanudirjo (Universitas Gadjah Mada) and funded by the National Geographic Society. All work has been conducted with permits from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia-LIPI) the national and Maluku provincial offices of the Indonesia Department of Culture and Tourism (Departemen Kebudayaan dan Parawisata), and in cooperation with Universitas Pattimura, Ambon, Balai Arkaeologi, Ambon and subdistrict and village level governments in Banda, traditional leaders and the residents of the various villages where we have worked in the Banda Islands.
Banda Islands Archaeology Website
Kuril Island Project
The Kuril Biocomplexity Project is a National Science Foundation-funded research project led by the University of Washington and being conducted by a team of American, Japanese and Russian scholars and students who are examining a 5000-year history of human-environmental interactions along the Kuril Island chain in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Field expeditions to the Kurils were conducted in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Archaeologists, geologists, paleoecologists and other specialists are actively analyzing and synthesizing data collected during these expeditions to better understand the relationship of human settlement history to gradual and catastrophic change (e.g., climate change, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis) as well as factors of social isolation and limited social networks.
International Kuril Islands Project (IKIP)
Southeast Asia Archaeological Research and Training Program
The University of Washington (UW) has been awarded a major grant from the Henry Luce Foundation as part of its new Initiative on East Asian Archaeology and Early History. The UW received the largest of four awards made to institutions in North America in 2006 under this initiative.
The UW program is focused on the archaeology of Southeast Asia and directed by Dr. Peter Lape, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Curator of Archaeology in the Burke Museum. With investment from the Henry Luce Foundation and the UW, this program will dramatically increase the level of research, training, mentoring and public awareness of archaeological heritage in the region. This four-year program began in fall 2006 and will build both North American and Southeast Asian capabilities to protect and explore Southeast Asia’s archaeological heritage.
Southeast Asia Archaeological Research and Training Program Website
Palawan, Phillippines Archaeology Field School Spring 2010
Learn archaeological excavation, survey, mapping and artifact analysis on northern Palawan Island in the Philippines. Course is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any university, who will earn 12 University of Washington credits. Course is co-taught by Dr. Peter Lape, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington and Dr. Victor Paz, Director, Archaeological Studies Program, University of the Philippines.
Palawan, Phillippines Archaeology Field School Spring 2010 Website
Australian Desert Archaeology Field School
This field school is a collaboration with the archaeological consulting firm Huonbrook Environment and Heritage, the mineral resources company BHP Billiton and The Australian National University. It is part of a larger program of archaeological field work that has been carried out in arid South Australia to investigate prehistoric Aboriginal land use and stone artefact technology. The Summer 2010 field school was directed by Dr Ben Marwick, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington. Students were engaged in learning practical field techniques as well as a program of scholarly reading, research projects and exams on field methods and local prehistory. Students earned 12 credits in ARCHY 270 at the University of Washington. Click here for local news coverage of the Summer 2010 field school.
Archaeology Field School in Thailand (Krabi Province)
This field school is a collaboration with archaeologists from Silpakorn University, the Fine Arts Department of Thailand) and the National Science Museum of Thailand. The Summer 2011 field school was directed by Dr Ben Marwick, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington. Students were engaged in learning practical field techniques as well as a program of scholarly reading, research projects and exams on field methods and local prehistory. Students earned 12 credits in ARCHY 270 at the University of Washington. Click here to read the blog written by students of the Summer 2011 field school.