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Seminar: Véronique DEGROOT
28 MARCH 18
Speaker: Dr. Véronique Degroot, Researcher and Head, Jakarta Center, French School of Asian Studies(EFEO) 

Title : Small Things Matter: Archaeological Survey of Hindu-Buddhist Sites and Artifactsalong the North Coast of Central Java

Date : Wednesday, Mars 28 2018, 2:00p.m. 
Venue : Auditorium,Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum,Chiayi  

In Indonesia – as in many places in world, archaeologists tend to focus on the
largest sites, on what they call centers of civilization. These sites are undoubtedly
impressive and appealing to the scientist and the general public, as well as to local
authorities – who often want to showcase archaeological sites for tourists. But what history are we writing if we look only at royal centers and neglect peripheral areas? How do we even put a kingdom on a map? Small outlying sites actually matter. They give us another perspective and help us understand the cultural history of a country, not only that of its capital.
This talk presents a research in progress. It focuses on the preliminary results of the
first large-scale archaeological survey along the north coast of Central Java.
From beaches to mountain peaks, we will explore some of the earliest
Hindu-Buddhist sites of Central Java as well as remains of the Majapahit era
and examples of cultural blending between the Hindu and megalithic traditions.
We will also show how, by putting small discoveries on a map – a pedestal here,
a statue there – we can actually get a picture of the occupation of the territory
during the Hindu-Buddhist period and see cultural centers emerging and waning
in turn. 

- EFEO Taipei Center
- National palace museum   

The talk will be given in English 

With the support of the French Office in Taipei (BFT)