Southeast Asian Archaeology (SEAArch) started out as a personal project in 2006 as an online news archive about the archaeology of Southeast Asia at a time of my life when I decided I was going to pursue archaeology as a career. It has followed me as I obtained my advanced degees and throughout the course of my career as an archaeologist working in Southeast Asia.
Over the years it has grown into a repository of information for scholars, researchers and enthusiasts worldwide. As of November 2021, I have indexed over 6,000 news stories; the website reaches an average of 6,000 readers every month, 7,600 followers on Instagram, 2,600 followers on Twitter and 8,800 followers on Facebook.
Besides maintaining an archive of news stories, my goal is to make the website a useful resource of information about the archaeology of Southeast Asia. I post updates on job listings, newly-published papers, and create detailed resource pages. I continue to work on this website in my personal capacity and in the coming year I hope to create more topic-specific resource pages, such as this timeline (which is a work in progress).
The website has expanded over the years, and so has the upkeep - currently, it costs a little over US$1,000 a year to pay for web hosting, web security and related optimisations to keep everything running smoothly. These are paid out of my own pocket, and are offset by some advertising, affiliate links, and through this Buy Me a Coffee page.
If you find the SEAArch website useful (and if you are in a financial position to do so) consider buying me a virtual coffee to help keep this site going - it is the best and most direct way of supporting the site. You can make a one-time contribution, or be a member and support this site monthly for the price of a cup of coffee. Every supporter is acknowledged in the site's About page - unless you choose to make your name anonymous.
This year I've added a couple of tiered rewards for supporters for the period of December 2021 to end-2022:
For the contribution of at least three coffees, I will send a personalised thank-you note on an archaeology-themed postcard.
The first 10 members for 2022 will also receive a copy of my new book, Ancient Southeast Asia: A Coloring Book. This was another personal project that I had started during the pandemic, and I have a limited number of copies to give away as a token of my appreciation.
I am always very grateful for the support from the readers of the site - many of you are professional acquaintances or have also become friends. I hope to continue this site as a useful resource for both archaeologists and the curious alike.