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Announcing on the web the Naga Research Group, an organization founded in 2001 to develop, conduct, and publish archaeological research in Southeast Asia and the greater Pacific basin. Headquartered in Honolulu, Hawai`i, Naga is a non-profit organization commited to excellence in prehistoric and historic archaeology. Naga personnel are cultural specialists with long-standing ties to the region and dedicated to the promotion of new educational endeavors in conjunction with host countries and cutural organizations.

The primary purpose of the Naga Research Group is to provide the institutional support needed for independent, substantive research into the prehistory and early history of Southeast Asia. Archaeological field research and the publication of findings are expected to represent the major contribution of the reserach group, but not to the exclusion of potential contributions from allied or associated disciplines, ie., anthropology, linguistics, or history. Given the nature of the subject and the data required, research activities will undoubtly involve extended periods of fieldwork in isolated regions outside the United States, in addition to library or other institiutional-based investigations. As such, much of the research--but most particularly that involving fieldwork in host countries--will necessarily be undertaken jointly with collegial representatives of the host country.

The research that the Naga Research Group proposes to support is done in the public interest in that...

1. In addition to providing the institutional base for established, independent researchers not otherwise affiliated with a university, museum, or similar organization, projects supported through the Naga Research Group will provide the opportunity for college and university-student participation in ongoing, primary research. In agreement with the principal researcher, individual student projects will be encouraged and --to the extent practical--integrated into the larger effort.

2. As most of the projects supported through the Naga Research Group will be conducted in Southeast Asia, the research group expects those projects to involve host-country colleagues and meritous college/university students as active members of the research team.

3. Research results will be reproduced and disseminated to professional assemblies and the general public alike, mainly in the form of published monographs and journal articles. Other avenues of dissemination include professional conferences, the popular media, lectures, colloquy, seminars, and classroom materials.

4. Specific requirements for interim and final reports are often governed by the funding agency and/or host-country regulations; projects operating under the aegis of the Naga Reasearch Group will be required to make all finding available in accordance with those requirements.

5. Again, as most of the projects supported through the Naga Research Group will be conducted in Southeast Asia, the research group requires those projects to adhere to host-country antiquities laws or other rules and regulations governing cultural/historic preservation. The research group further expects such overseas projects to reproduce and disseminate their findings, at a minimum, to the appropriate professional and public institutions in the host country.

Research proposed to, accepted by, and supported through the Naga Resarch group will be funded entirely through competitive proposals for grants submitted to both public agencies (i.e., the National Science Foundation) and private institutions (i.e., the Ford Foundation). The research group is not intended to function as a competitive bidder in the public or private contractual arena for the purpose of implementing U.S. Federal, State, or host-nation-mandated Culture-Resource Management (CRM) policy. However, if solicited by Federal, State, or host-nation agency, the reserach group does not preclude itself from involvement in CRM projects. In either case, projects supported through the research group will comply with such CRM policies as may be required to undertake specific projects.

The Naga Resarch Group is founded for the administrative and physical support of independent research, but not as an institution in a curatorial capacity. The research group retains no proprietary rights over research materials, physical samples, or artifacts, and will enter into no agreement that violates professional ethics or conflicts with the proper public dissemination of research results. Again, most of the research supported through the Naga Research Group will be conducted overseas where the host-country may exercise its proprietary rights over such materials as it holds in esteem. In such cases, the research group supports the position of the law-of-land insofar as it does not conflict the research group's ethical commitment to reasonably unfettered research, including the public dissemination of research and results. Where such conflict may be irreconcilable, the research group will withdraw the project.



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