August Seminar


Archaeology and heritage of Mrauk-U and Bagan

Date        Monday 26th August 2019

Time        5:30 pm for 6pm start

Venue      ANU House, Level 11, Australia National University, 52 Collins Street, Melbourne.

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No charge, but GOLD COIN DONATIONS requested to cover costs.

Bob Hudson is an adviser to UNESCO and the Myanmar Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture. He worked on the successful Pyu Cities and Bagan UNESCO World Heritage inscriptions, and is currently helping with the World Heritage application for Mrauk-U, Arakan’s 15th to 18th century “Venice of the East”, with its hundreds of Buddhist buildings and its thousands of unique stone images and reliefs. Bob’s research includes digital mapping and archaeological survey (which involves clambering over jungle-clad hills in the noonday sun) and ancient DNA profiling, radiocarbon dating and linguistic analysis (which mainly involves leaning over a computer keyboard).

Bob holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Sydney, where he is currently a fellow of the Asian Studies Program. He has been involved with various Myanmar Department of Archaeology projects since 1996.

His colourful presentations are known at times to stray toward the “jungle-clad hill” side of his research.

Charlotte Galloway Charlotte Galloway is the Director of the Australian National University’s Myanmar Research Center, and an Asian Art Historian in the School of Art and Design. A specialist in the early Buddhist art of Myanmar and visitor to  the country for 20 years, in 2017 Charlotte was appointed as one of the international experts to assist in the preparation of Bagan’s successful UNESCO world heritage nomination. 

Charlotte has been working with staff in the Department of Archaeology and Museums for many years. Since 2014 she has trained staff in museum cataloguing procedures. She teaches museology at the University of Yangon Archaeology Department, and continues her research on the Buddhist material culture at Bagan, and the Pyu Ancient Cities, Myanmar’s first world heritage site. Her current projects include working with curatorial staff in Myanmar to further document museum collections at Halin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra and develop content for on-line exhibitions. 

Charlotte is involved in a broad range of activities in Myanmar. With a strong interest in research capacity building, she is advising the Global Development Network on the Myanmar Developing Research Assessment project and supports research training at University of Yangon. 
A question and answer session will be conducted after the talk.
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