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The professional research staff of the Naga Research Group includes the following personnel.

Wilhelm G. Solheim, III, Ph.D. (1959, University of Arizona); Professor Emeritus, University of Hawaii-Manoa, and archaeologist specializing in the maritime expansions from Southeast Asia north into coastal China, Korea, Japan and possibly the New World, to the west to India, and the coast of Africa, and east into Oceanic, and the evidence of a widespread pottery tradition associated in some areas with the late expansion from Southeast Asia; principal research areas include Sarawak (1958-1959), Thailand (1961-1965), Indonesia (1978-1979), and the Philippines (1949-present).

Percival Bion Griffin, Ph.D. (1969, University of Arizona); archaeologist and anthropologist specializing in southeast Asia: Philippines (1972-present), Indonesia (1991-1996), Combodia (1994-present), and Vietnam (1996-present); currently Professor and Acting Associate Dean, college of Social Sciences, University of Hawaii-Manoa.

David J. Welch, Ph.D. (1985, University of Hawaii-Manoa); field archaeologist specializing in prehistoric settlements patterns and human adaptation in tropical environments in mainland Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific; principal research areas include Thailand, particularly the northeastern Korat Plateau area (1979-1989, 1994-present), Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Republic of Palau (1990-present), Korea (1999), and Okinawa (2000).

Robert L. Spear, Ph.D. (1986, University of Oregon); field archaeologist and laboratory specialist in lithic manufacture and use-wear analysis; research areas include Hawaii (1986-present); the Northern Mariana Islands (1986-present), and Pohnpei (1980-1986).

Michael F. Dega, Ph.D. (2001, University of Hawaii); field archaeologist specializing in prehistoric settlements, geoarchaeology, processes of site formation, environmental adaptations, and peer community adaptations; research areas include Hawaii (1992-present), India (1994-1995), and Cambodia (1996-present).

Judith R. McNeill, M.A. (1978, University of Hawaii-Manoa); field archaeologist specializing in GIS applications in settlement pattern analysis, mortuary analysis, faunal analysis, and database management for mainland Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific; research areas include Thailand (1979-1989, 1994-present), Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Republic of Palau (1990-present), Korea (1999), and Okinawa (2000).

Bong Sovath, M.A. (1998, University of Hawaii-Manoa); doctoral candidate in archaeology specializing in prehistoric and early historic cultural and ceramic development in Cambodia.

John A. Peterson, Ph.D. (1993, University of Texas at Austin); archaeologist specializing in Visayas, Philippines since 2000; historical ecology, Spanish colonial contact period ethnohistory and historical archaeology; quaternary studies, landscape investigations, and paleoenvironmental change; currently visiting professor, Departments of History, University of San Carlos, Cebu city, Cebu, and Pacific Regional Manager, Garcia and Associates, Kailua, HI.


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