Charles Higham is a Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Otago, and an Honorary Fellow of St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge. He studied archaeology at Cambridge University, and after completing his doctorate, he accepted a lectureship at the University of Otago. In 1968, he was appointed the Foundation Professor in the Department of Anthropology. He began his archaeological fieldwork in Southeast Asia the following year, and has since, directed excavations at a series of sites dating between 3000 BC and AD 600. His current research programme seeks to identify and understand the prehistoric foundations of the civilization of Angkor. Professor Higham is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and in 2012 was awarded the Grahame Clark medal by the British Academy for distinguished research in prehistory.