Archaeological research in East-Timor over the years highlights an ancient occupation in the East, and evidences of numerous interactions with neighboring islands. This Panel will address ongoing research with a focus on chronology and regional interactions.
The island of Timor occupies an interesting position, southeast of the main Indonesian islands, close to Australia and Papua. The archaeology of the island has been ongoing more or less since the 1960' with an increase since the 1990'. With a settlement history starting some 40000 years ago, evidence of a maritime economy by 20000 years, import of animals such as the Phalanger sp. and plants from the Papuan mainland and from the southeast Asian islands or participation in the dong song drum eastern network, Timor has always been well interconnected with the surrounding islands and its prehistory can help understand the complex cultural interactions in ISEA. Today several teams are present and working on both pre- and proto-historic sites on the eastern independent country of Timor Leste as well as in the nearby islands (Alor, Atauro, etc..). This panel invites participant to discuss present ongoing research and recent results, discuss local chronologies and typologies in a regional perspective and address questions on cultural evolutions and changes from the early prehistory to the recent past.