Adjuncts to Empire: The EFEO and the Conservation of Champa Antiquities

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This paper examines the pivotal role of the École française d’Extrême-Oriente in the excavation, delineation, and interpretation of Champa sites in Vietnam. It further suggests the significance of this work in laying the groundwork for further archaeological efforts by the EFEO in Cambodia, Laos, and Northeast Thailand. The paper examines in detail the range of Champa sites, their relation to French scholarship of the early 20th century and their importance as training for later interventions.

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William Chapman

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, US
About William

William Chapman is Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. Educated at Columbia (M.S. in Historic Preservation, 1978) and at Oxford University in England (D. Phil. in Anthropology, 1982), he specializes in architectural recording, historic districts and materials conservation. A former American Candidate at the International Center for Conservation in Rome (ICCROM) and a four-time Fulbright Scholar, he has a special interest in international preservation, particularly in the Pacific and Asia. Since 2001, he has been a Special Lecturer at Silpakorn University in Thailand

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