In Memory of Pasook Indrawooth

In Memory of Pasook Indrawooth

In Memory of Pasook Indrawooth
(May 10, 1945-September 7, 2016)

Professor Emerita of Archaeology, Pasook Indrawooth passed away peacefully on September 7, 2016 at the age of 72 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Professor Emeritus Pasook Indrawooth was a very distinguished professor and a leading female archaeologist in Thailand and Southeast Asia for her significant contribution on Archaeology of Dvaravati, an early Buddhist state formation in central Thailand. Indeed, her works had a profound impact on archaeology of Thailand as whole.

Pasook earned a BA in archaeology (1967) from Silpakorn University, MA (1971) and PhD (1979) in archaeology from Maharaja Sayaji Rao University of Baroda, India.

Pasook joined the Department of Archaeology, Silpakorn University in 1974 and officially retired in 2005. During her long career, she developed a great breath of expertise and interest including Archaeology of Dvaravati and Srivijaya, Hindu and Buddhism iconography, Indian Archaeology and Archaeology of Suvannabhumi.

As for the University service, she was the dean of the Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University two times, between 1992-1996 and 2000-2004. She was one of the founding members of the Graduate Program in Archaeology at Silpakorn University and played a major role in strengthen the PhD program. In addition, she started Damrong Vichakarn Journal, a Faculty of Archaeology Journal as a platform for academic discussion in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, arts history, epigraphy and eastern languages.

After her retirement, Pasook continued her passionate commitment to her teaching and mentoring archaeology students at our department. She was a great professor and always support of young archaeologists. She also continued to write and published her research regular until the end of her life as well as a guest lectured at many universities and institutions in Thailand. Throughout her life, she contributed so much to the Thai archaeology and general public.

Her major publications included Dvaravati Wheel of Dhamma (2008), Suvannabhumi from Archaeological Evidence (2005), Mahayana Buddhist Iconography (2000) Dvaravadi: An Archaeological Analysis (1999), and Index Pottery of Dvaravati period (1975).

Pasook was known by her colleagues and students for her active energy, kindness, generosity and dedication to archaeology.

It is a great sadness and loss for our department. She definitely made a difference for Thai archaeology and be a role model for a young female archaeologist. She will be always remembered for her significant contributions to our archaeology community.

Rasmi Shoocongdej
On the behalf of Department of Archaeology, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

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