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Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association

  • promotes cooperation in the study of the prehistory of eastern Asia (east of 70º longitude) and the Pacific region
  • maintains scholarly communication through regular congresses, communications, and the IPPA Bulletin
  • upholds ethical standards in prehistorical research.

The antecedent of IPPA was originally founded in 1929. It was termed the Far Eastern Prehistory Association from 1953 to 1976, after which the name was changed to Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association.

Announcement: The 21st IPPA conference, Hue, Vietnam, 23-28 September 2018

Please see the dedicated conference website:

The conference will be held in the Huong Giang Hotel, located in downtown Hue, The hotel website is, and it has an English translation button at top right of the home page. Please note that IPPA cannot book rooms on behalf of delegates. You should contact the hotel yourself (or another if you so choose), and book accordingly.

Registration for the conference is at:


Please select from the lower right hand side either IPPA Conference Registration Rate A or IPPA Conference Registration Rate B. These rates are explained at the top of the page.

Anyone without a credit card will need to pay in cash (AUD or USD please) at the conference venue. However, we encourage everyone to pay by credit card before arrival in Vietnam. At present, we do not expect to have credit card facilities available during the conference in Hue.

A message concerning the conference from IPPA Secretary-General Ian Lilley:

On behalf of the co-Presidents of the 2018 IPPA Congress, Prof. Nguyen Giang Hai and Dr. Phan Thanh Hai, I would like to open the call for sessions and papers. The Congress will open on Sunday 23 September 2018 and sessions will run on Monday 24, Tuesday 25, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 September 2018. As per IPPA tradition, we will keep Wednesday 25 September free for rest and local tours in and around Hue, where there is plenty to do and see. Vietnam has an excellent tourist industry, so all tours (including pre- and post-Congress tours) will be the responsibility of individual IPPA delegates, not the conference organisers, though they will provide advice.

Program space will be limited as always. Scheduling priority will be given to sessions rather than individual papers. There will be four 90-minute session blocks each day, with parallel sessions running in each time-block as required. A standard single session will be 90 minutes, ending in a coffee or lunch break. Sessions may take up more than one 90 block as required, but only in whole blocks. The session format is up to session organisers (ie standard group of presentations, discussion panel, forum etc). Individual papers that are not part of an organised session will be aggregated in unthemed sessions as program space permits.

Individual delegates may have their name on any number of sessions or papers but to keep the organisation of the program manageable each delegate will be limited to two (2) presenting/speaking roles only (such as presenter/speaker, discussant, panel member, forum member, facilitator, moderator, chair).

Formal letters of invitation will be provided by the Vietnamese conference hosts as required after sessions and papers have been accepted. Funding assistance will be very limited, with priority given to currently-enrolled students.

Please also note that the Vietnamese annual national archaeological conference “New discoveries in Archaeology 2017” will be held in Hue on Saturday 29 September, immediately following the IPPA meeting.


Ian Lilley
IPPA Secretary-general;

Updated:  18 July 2018/ Responsible Officer:  IPPA Coordinator/ Page Contact:  IPPA Coordinator