Charles Higham is James Cook Fellow and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Otago. Since 1969, he has been engaged in archaeological fieldwork in Thailand and Cambodia, his projects being concerned with the origins of rice agriculture, the development of the Bronze Age and most recently, the origins of the civilization of Angkor. These have resulted in several books, including The Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia, the Bronze Age of Southeast Asia, Early Cultures of Southeast Asia and the Civilization of Angkor. Over the past two years, he has also completed The Enyclopaedia of Ancient Asian Civilizations. Professor Higham is a former fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge, and is currently a visiting scholar at St. Catharine’s College and visiting fellow of the McDonald Institute at Cambridge University. His research has been recognized internationally with his election as a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.