The Tenth International Conference on the Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys


Letter from BUMA
BUMA X 2020 Postponed

15 May 2020

Dear Potential presenters, Participants, Colleagues, and Friends

It is with deep regret that the organising committee have to announce the postponement of BUMA X due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

We fully recognise and appreciate your interest in participating, any efforts made preparing to present research, and willingness to exchange your ideas with the Asian archaeometallurgy community. However, given the global situation, the high-risk nature of a large public meeting, the international travel restrictions, and no vaccines and limited rapid tests to ensure our safety, the postponement of the event appears to be the most responsible resolution for all concerned parties. This is not the decision we made lightly and university and government policy left us no choice.

New dates will be announced soon. Upon this decision, we deeply apologise for any actions you may have made in order to participate in this event.

For those whose presentations have been officially accepted (oral and poster presentation), the decision remains in effect, and you will be prioritised for presentation. You will be contacted once the new date is decided. Any registration and payment made will still be eligible.

On behalf of the Standing committee and the organising committee of BUMA X, we wish you safe and healthy and hope that this will be over soon so that we can indeed meet and enjoy BUMA X together in Bangkok, all in good health.

As always, should you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes from Thailand to the rest of the world.

The Standing and Organising Committee of BUMA

Call For Papers/Posters is now closed

Welcome to BUMA X 2020

The international conference on “the Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys” (BUMA) is the interdisciplinary gathering of archaeologists, engineers, historians and scientists with a focus on the production and use of metals, and an emphasis on cultural interactions and evolutions over time and space, especially between the West and the Asian region.

BUMA was founded in 1981 by two late eminent archaeometallurgists Prof Robert Maddin (USA) and Prof Tsun Ko (China) with the strong support of late Professors Cyril Stanley Smith (MIT) and Yunoshin Imai (Tohoku University). Since its inauguration in Beijing in 1981, the gathering has gone from strength to strength, travelling from Zhengzhou, China (1986), Sanmenxia, China (1992), Matsue, Japan (1998), Gyeongju, South Korea (2002), Beijing, China (2006), Bangalore, India (2009). Nara, Japan (2013), and Busan, South Korea (2017).

The 10th edition of the BUMA series sees the first ever Southeast Asian conference, held in Bangkok, Thailand, organised by the Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre (SAC), and Fine Arts Department (FAD).

The 10th BUMA conference (BUMA X) will be held at the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, from 7-10 September 2020.

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Important Dates

Call for papers and posters contributions opens

15 August 2019 - 15 January 2020

Announcement of contributions acceptance / rejections to presenters

10 February 2020

Early registration opens

30 November 2019

Early registration fee deadline

14 July 2020

Regular rate conference registration fee applies

15 July 2020

Registration Day and welcome party

7 September 2020

Conference days at the Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre and mid-conference trip

8-10 September 2020

Post-conference Excursion (at additional cost)

11 September 2020