Keynote Speech

   “Linking Taiwan to the South: An Archaeological Perspective”

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 Keynote Speaker
      Dr. Cheng-Hwa Tsang
     Academician, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
 

   Professor Cheng-hwa Tsang is an archaeologist. He earned his Ph.D. degree in anthropology and East Asian Languages ​​and Civilizations at Harvard University in 1986. Before his retirement from Academia Sinica in 2017, he was a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of History and philology. Afterward, he has been awarded a Distinguished Research Chair Professorship at National Tsing Hua University and served also as the Director of the Institute of Anthropology. His main research specialties are the archaeology of Taiwan, South China and Southeast Asia. He has been engaged in the research of Taiwan archaeology for over 40 years and carried out tens of archaeological research projects, which contribute greatly to the reconstruction of the history of Taiwanese peoples. Especially important is that his research at the national archaeological site of Baxiandong at Changbin township, Taitung has discovered the earliest evidence of human habitation in Taiwan, dates back 30,000 years ago. He is also keen on applying archaeology to social services. He served as the Director of National Museum of Prehistory in Taitung from 2002 to 2006, Recently, he has been energetically leading the development of underwater archaeology in Taiwan and making great contribution to the research and preservation of Taiwan’s underwater cultural heritage.

 

 

 

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