Ian Glover

Portrait of Ian   Glover

A leader in the field of Southeast Asian archaeology, Prof. Ian Carvel Glover (24 Apr. 1934, Grange-over-Sands, Lancashire, England - 23 Apr. 2018, Catania, Sicily) was a pioneer archaelogist and educator.

He joined the Institute of Archaeology at UCL, London, and retired in 1996 as Reader in the Archaeology of Southeast Asia. As an archaeologist, he was involved in major field projects in Southeast Asia, starting with excavations in East Timor as part of his PhD fieldwork. In the late 1960s to mid 1970s, Glover excavated the Ulu Leang 1 and 2, and Leang Burung 2 sites in South Sulawesi. In the 1980s, he co-directed with Pisit Charoenwongsa, an excavation of the Ban Don Ta Phet cemetery in west-central Thailand. In the 1990s, he was involved in excavating the Cham period sites of Tra Kieu and Go Cam in central Vietnam.

Ian Glover also played a significant role in establishing organisations to promote research and exchange of information on Southeast Asian archaeology. He was a founding member of the Indonesia Circle at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and in 1986, co-founded the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA) with Peter Bellwood. Glover also served on the editorial board of World Archaeology, and was editor of the Journal of the Indonesia Circle and the Journal of the Siam Society.

In 2020, the book Defining Dvaravati (ed. Anna Bennett and Hunter Watson, DASTA, Chiang Mai, Thailand, ISBN 978-616-215-157-6) was dedicated to him.

Ian Glover excavating at Ban Don Ta Phet, west-central Thailand in 1984.