Byrne book coverJohn Mulvaney Book Award 2009

Denis Byrne


Surface Collection: Archaeological Travels in Southeast Asia

This book was written during Denis’ travels in several Southeast Asian countries for his PhD research. Its eight chapters deal with issues surrounding cultural resource management in different countries – Vietnam, Bali, Thailand and Burma. It brings out the difficulties that can be had in searching for tangible evidence of even relatively recent events in these countries, and the way that contemporary attitudes to a place can hide an earlier significance. The fieldwork is set in Southeast Asia, but there are lessons which can be learnt from this book which are applicable to other counties, including Australia.

This is an enjoyable book to read as well as being informative and instructive about documenting and managing archaeological sites in Southeast Asia.

A review of this book by Sarah Milledge Nelson can be viewed by clicking here.