The PREHsea project: managing prehistoric heritage in Southeast Asia

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Humans inhabit the Southeast Asian archipelago since more than one and a half million years. The fossil remains they left behind are among the earliest discoveries made in the history of palaeoanthropology

However, we have until now only limited knowledge about their habitat and lifestyle. Current research on the earliest inhabitants of Southeast Asian islands is hampered among other things by the present distribution of original fossils and related remains

These are stored in collections located in Europe and Southeast Asia and are until now only available to scientists who put up extensive travels


Objectives of the project

Strengthening the cultural sector of Prehistory and Human evolution and its actors as a vector to promote cultural diversity, international cooperation, sustainable economic, social and human development


By means of regional collaboration, international and inter-sectoral cooperation, and thorough local dialogue, to develop good management practices for prehistoric properties, help to safeguard their integrity, assess their authenticity and value, contribute to their access for all socio-cultural categories, and foster the local socio-economic development


• Enhance awareness about the importance of prehistoric heritage in the development of the cultural sector

• Set up a fruitful and sustainable dialogue between state actors and civil society; steadied by (i) cooperative implementation of practical activities / correlative enhancement of local ownership and (ii) a regional cooperation dimension, intended to develop at ASEAN scale

• Develop good practices in the related field that are relevant for other Southern regions, fostering future trans-regional cooperation

• Contributing to address local needs in specialized human resources and transfer of ‘know how’; planning a relevant long term collaborative and international training programme.

• Contributing to develop public-private synergy for sustainability purposes (money-consuming investment practices, e.g. H.R. training)


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The PREHsea network provides the basis for a trendsetting and sustainable international collaboration in the area of research on hominid evolution in Southeast Asia, equally available to all participating partners

The PREHsea network allows improving scientific exchanges between European and Southeast Asian partners in order to consolidate the link between scientific and public circles