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Vincent C. Pigott

Vincent C. Pigott holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and, as an archaeologist, is focused on the prehistory and archaeometallurgy of Mainland Southeast Asia with strong interests in the origins, transmission and societal impact of metallurgy across Eurasia. Recent research suggests connections linking the spread of tin-bronze metallurgy across Eurasia and through China with its development in prehistoric Southeast Asia. It is in this context that he continues to expand his interests in the reciprocal interactions of technology and culture.

His research and fieldwork focused initially on metallurgical developments in Southwest Asia, esp. Iran, an area in which he maintains an active interest. Beginning in 1984 his focus shifted eastwards to prehistoric Thailand where he co-directed for the Penn Museum a decade of excavation by the Thailand Archaeometallurgy Project (TAP). Fieldwork concentrated on a copper mine in the northeast and on three sites in a valley in central Thailand identified as major, regional, copper production center. Excavations concluded in 1994, but TAP research and publication continues.

After retiring from the Penn Museum’s Applied Science Center for Archaeology (MASCA) in 2000, he spent the last decade as an Honorary Professor at University College London’s Institute of Archaeology, affiliated with its Archaeological Materials and Technology Group. Now based in New York City as an ISAW Research Associate, he also maintains affiliations as a Visiting Scholar in NYU’s Dept. of Anthropology and its Center for the Study of Human Origins and as a Consulting Scholar in the Asian Section of the Penn Museum. Dr. Pigott is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London. He has edited or co-edited The Archaeometallurgy of the Asian Old World (1999), and Social Aspects of an Industrial Past with A. Bernard Knapp and Eugenia W. Herbert  (1998) and Uncovering Southeast Asia’s Past with Elisabeth A. Bacus and Ian C. Glover (2006).