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Digging up Our Own Past: Founding of the Institute of Archaeology at NCKU
104年9月1日考古所揭牌典禮合照

104年9月1日考古所揭牌典禮合照

Digging up Our Own Past: Founding of the Institute of Archaeology at NCKU

The city of Tainan is rich in historical heritages and archaeological sites, yet, for years there has no local archaeology-related department or research institute.  As located in an area with abundant prehistorical remains and cultural resources, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has great potential in developing archaeological research as well as in nurturing future talent in the field.  Thanks to the efforts of numerous professors and scholars, the university’s proposal to found an archaeological institute was approved, in 2014, by the Ministry of Education.  Subsequently, recruitment of students began in Feb. 2015, and the Institute was officially established on August 1st, of the same year.   Professor Yi-Chang Liu, a senior archaeologist and research fellow in Academia Sinica, serves as the first Director of the Institute. 

At the inaugural ceremony, Director Liu elaborated the future for the Institute.  “Our aims are not limited to contribute to “excavate”  the past, or to explore prehistoric Taiwan and to meet the demands of NCKU as well as Tainan City.  In addition, our long-term goal is to establish Taiwan’s global importance, particularly in the regions of South-East Asia, through archaeological research on the diaspora of prehistoric Austronesians”   Director Liu’s speech sums up the future direction of the Institute of Archaeology at NCKU.  It is hoped that under the leadership of Director Liu, NCKU will become the leading site of archaeological research in southern Taiwan.