Professor Elizabeth Moore
Professor in the Art & Archaeology of South East Asia
Professor in the Art & Archaeology of South East Asia
Member, Centre of Buddhist Studies
Chair, Centre of South East Asian Studies
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Project Board Member
- Professor Elizabeth Moore
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- Angkor and Khmer Art in Southeast Asia
- Arts of the Buddha in Southeast Asia
- Contemporary Arts in Southeast Asia
- Island Arts of South East Asia
- The Art and Archaeology of Myanmar
PhD Students supervised
- Daphne Ang, The Production and Patronage of Portraiture in Colonial Singapore
- Jacopo Gnisci, The Passion of Christ in Ethiopian Art from the Fourteenth to the Sixteenth Century
- Lesley Pullen, The Representation of Textiles on Javanese Sculpture: 9th to 14th century
- Mimi Savitri, Surakarta: Islamic and Colonial city-planning in Java
- Sinead Ward, The Kammavacca Manuscript in Burma
- Victoria N. Scott, Interpreting the Content and Context of Prehistoric Rock-Art in western Thailand
Emergence and sustenance of the sacred landscape in Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand; remote sensing, the environment and culture; social memory in mainland material culture.
Current research focuses on the arts of Myanmar (Burma), particularly the emergence and maintenance of the Hindu-Buddhist landscape. Previous remote sensing and survey work in Thailand and at Angkor in Cambodia also considered patterns of terrain adaptation and veneration. Ongoing writing includes a survey of pre- and proto-historic Burma (Myanmar), the relationship of the so-called Pyu, Mon and Dvaravati cultures, and the role of visual culture in sustaining social memory of legendary places.
Dr Moore has undertaken research in Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, and Thailand. Prior to completing her PhD at the Institute of Archaeology (UCL) she worked in Nairobi, Jakarta and Singapore. Since joining SOAS in 1992, she has developed a broad-based undergraduate and graduate syllabus for Southeast Asian art and archaeology, including ancient and contemporary aspects of mainland and island areas.
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Moore, Elizabeth Howard (2012) The Pyu Landscape: collected articles. Myanmar: Ministry of Culture. (Myanmar Archaeological Series (1))
Moore, Elizabeth (2006) Early landscape of Myanmar. Bangkok: River Books.
Moore, Elizabeth and Mayer, H (1999) Shwedagon: Golden Pagoda of Myanmar. London: Thames & Hudson.
Moore, Elizabeth and Stott, P. (1996) Ancient Capitals of Thailand. River Books, Bangkok; Thames & Hudson, London.
Moore, Elizabeth and Win, San (2014) 'Sampanago: ‘city of serpents’ and the first Muttama (Martaban).' In: Revire, Nicholas and Murphy, Stephen, (eds.), Before Siam was Born: New Insights on the Art and Archaeology of Pre-Modern Thailand and its Neighbouring Regions. Bangkok: River Books, pp. 216-237.
Moore, Elizabeth Howard (2013) 'Pagoda Desecration and Myanmar Archaeology, 1853–86.' In: Klokke, Marijke J. and Degroot, Veronique, (eds.), Materializing Southeast Asia's Past: Selected Papers from the 12th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Volume 2. University of Singapore Press, pp. 242-252.
Moore, Elizabeth Howard and Win Maung, (Tampawaddy) and Htwe Htwe, Win (2012) 'Ta Mok Shwe-gu-gyi Temple: Local Art in Upper Myanmar 11-17th century AD.' In: Bonatz, Domink and Reinecke, Andreas and Tjoa-Bonatz, and Mai, Lin, (eds.), Connecting Empires and States: Selected Papers from the 13th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Volume 2. National University of Singapore Press, pp. 144-160.
Moore, Elizabeth (2011) 'The Early Buddhist Archaeology of Myanmar: Tagaung, Thagara, and the Mon-Pyu dichotomy.' In: McCormick, Patrick and Jenny, Mathias and Baker, Chris, (eds.), The Mon over Two Millennia: Monuments, Manuscripts, Movements. Bangkok: Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University, pp. 7-23.
Moore, Elizabeth (2011) 'Unexpected spaces at the Shwedagon pagoda, Myanmar.' In: Brown, Rebecca and Hutton, Deborah, (eds.), Blackwell Companion to Asian Art. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 178-200.
Moore, Elizabeth (2011) 'The beginnings of Buddhist archaeology and the Shan Plateau.' In: Montira, Rato and Khanidtha, Kanthavichai, (eds.), Shan and beyond. Essays on Shan Archaeology, Anthropology, History, Politics, Religion and Human Rights.(. Bangkok: Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University, pp. 1-18.
Moore, Elizabeth (2008) 'Thagara and the pilgrimage sites of Dawei: Buddhist narratives and ancient topography.' In: Gutman, P., (ed.), Buddha and the Sacred Mountain. Bangkok: Silkworm Press. (In Press)
Moore, Elizabeth (2008) 'Myanmar archaeology: Tagaung and ‘Pyu'.' In: Pautreau, J-P and Coupey, S and Rambault, E and Zeitoun, V, (eds.), From homo erectus to the living traditions: choice of papers from the 11th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists: Bougon, 25th-29th September 2006. Chieng Mai: Siam Rattana, pp. 183-192.
Moore, Elizabeth (2007) 'Spaceborne and Airborne Radar at Angkor: Introducing new technology to the ancient site.' In: Wiseman, James and El-Baz, Farouk, (eds.), Remote Sensing in Archaeology. New York: Springer, pp. 185-216.
Moore, Elizabeth and Swe, Than (2006) 'Early Walled Sites of Dawei: Thagara and Mokti.' In: Bacus, Elizabeth A. and Glover, Ian and Piggot, Vincent C., (eds.), Uncovering Southeast Asia's Past: Selected Papers from the 10th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists. Singapore: National University Press, pp. 271-282.
Moore, Elizabeth (2005) 'Stone tools and rings: Neolithic and Bronze Age Change.' In: Essays in Commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of the Myanmar Historical Commission (1955-2005). Yangon: Ministry of Education, pp. 203-227.
Moore, Elizabeth (2004) 'Ancient Knowledge and the Use of Landscape. Walled Settlements in Lower Myanmar.' In: Traditions of Knowledge in Southeast Asia, Part I. Proceedings of the Traditions of Knowledge in Southeast Asia Conference 17-19 December 2003. Myanmar Historical Commission, Ministry of Education, pp. 1-27.
Moore, Elizabeth and Han, N and Maung, W (2002) 'Prehistoric Grave Goods from the Chindwin and Samon River Regions.' In: Green, A. and Blurton, T., (eds.), Burma: Art and Archaeology. London: British Museum Press.
Moore, Elizabeth (2000) 'Ritual continuity and stylistic change in pagoda consecration and renovation.' In: Proceedings of the Myanmar Two Millenia Conference, December 15-17, 1999. Part 3. Yangon: Universities Historical Research Centre, pp. 156-191.
Moore, Elizabeth (1998) 'Religious Architecture.' In: Tettoni, Luca Invernizzi, (ed.), Myanmar Style: Art architecture and design of Burma. London: Thames & Hudson, pp. 20-58.
Moore, Elizabeth (1998) 'The Prehistoric Habitation of Angkor.' In: Manguin, Pierre-Yves, (ed.), Southeast Asian Archaeology 1994: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of the Eurpopean Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Paris 24-28th October 1994. Hull: Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hull, pp. 27-36.
Moore, Elizabeth Howard and Osiri, Navanath (2013) 'Urban Forms and Civic Space in Nineteenth to Early Twentieth Century Bangkok and Rangoon.' Journal of Urban History, 40 (1). pp. 158-177.
Moore, Elizabeth (2013) 'Exploring the East-West Cultural Corridor: Historic and Modern Archaeology of Bago and Dawei, Myanmar.' Center of Southeast Asian Studies Newsletter, University of Kyoto, 68 . pp. 21-24.
Moore, Elizabeth (2011) 'Dawei Buddhist culture: a hybrid borderland.' Myanmar Historical Research Journal (21). pp. 1-62.
Moore, Elizabeth (2010) 'The Williams-Hunt Collection, Aerial photographs and cultural landscapes in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.' Sari: International Journal of Malay World Studies, 27 (2). pp. 265-284.
Moore, Elizabeth Howard (2010) 'Myanmar bronzes and the Dian cultures of Yunnan.' Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, 30 . pp. 122-132.
Moore, Elizabeth (2009) 'Archaeology of the Shan Plateau, the Bronze to Buddhist Transition.' Contemporary Buddhism, 10 (10). pp. 83-102.
Moore, Elizabeth (2009) 'Place and space in early Burma: a new look at ‘Pyu Culture'.' Journal of the Siam Society, 97 . pp. 1-27.
Moore, Elizabeth and Tan, Terence (2008) 'Eyes on the past: Samon and Pyu beads in Myanmar.' Arts of Asia, 38 (1). pp. 134-141.
Moore, Elizabeth (2008) 'Tea, horses, and Buddhism: the peoples of early Myanmar.' Enchanting Myanmar, 8 (2).
Moore, Elizabeth (2008) 'Men on Horses and Tea-eating.' Enchanting Myanmar, 8 (2).
Moore, Elizabeth (2007) 'Astrology in Burmese Buddhist culture, Decoding an illustrated manuscript from the SOAS Archives.' Orientations, 38 (8). pp. 79-85.
Moore, Elizabeth and Win, S. (2007) 'The Gold Coast: Suvannabhumi? Lower Myanmar Walled Sites of the First Millennium A.D.' Asian Perspectives, 46 (1). pp. 202-232.
Moore, Elizabeth and Maung, Win (2006) 'Change in the landscape of first millennium AD Myanmar.' SOAS Bulletin of Burma Research, 4 (2). pp. 1-26.
Moore, Elizabeth and Lertum, Surat (2005) 'Williams-Hunt Aerial Photograph Collection.' Muang Boran Journal, 31 (3). pp. 130-138.
Moore, Elizabeth (2004) 'Interpreting Pyu material culture: Royal chronologies and finger-marked bricks.' Myanmar Historical Research Journal, 13 . pp. 1-57.
Moore, Elizabeth Howard (2004) 'Ancient Knowledge and the use of landscape: Walled settlements in Lower Myanmar.' Traditions of Knowledge in Southeast Asia, Part 1 . pp. 1-28.
Moore, Elizabeth (2003) 'Bronze and Iron Age Sites in Upper Myanmar: Chindwin, Samon and Pyu.' SOAS Bulletin of Burma Research, 1 (1). pp. 24-39.
Moore, Elizabeth and Pauk, Pauk (2001) 'Nyaung-gan: A Preliminary Note on a Bronze Age Cemetery near Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma).' Asian Perspectives: Journal of Archaeology & the Pacific, 40 (1). pp. 35-47.
Moore, Elizabeth (2000) 'Myanmar religious practice and cultural heritage.' The Journal of Sophia Asian Studies, 18 . pp. 285-300.
Moore, Elizabeth (2000) 'Angkor Water Management, Radar Imaging, and the Emergence of Urban Centres in Northern Cambodia.' The Journal of Sophia Asian Studies, 18 . pp. 39-51.
Moore, Elizabeth and Freeman, Anthony (1998) 'Circular sites at Angkor: a radar scattering model.' The Journal of the Siam Society, 85 (Part 1 & 2). pp. 107-119.
Moore, Elizabeth and Maw, San San (1995) 'Flights of fancy: avian inspiration, the hintha and kinnaya, in Myanmar art.' Oriental Art, 41 (2). pp. 25-32.
Moore, Elizabeth Howard and Myint, Aung (1991) 'Finger-marked designs on ancient bricks in Myanmar.' Journal of the Siam Society, 79 (2). pp. 81-102.
Conference or Workshop Items
Moore, Elizabeth (2007) Buddhist archaeology on the Shan plateau: the first millennium CE. In: Shan Buddhism and Culture, 8-9 December 2007, SOAS, London. (Forthcoming)
Moore, Elizabeth (2003) Shwedagon and Kyaikjtiyoe Today. In: Texts and Contexts in Southeast Asia, 12-14 Dec 2001, Universities Historical Research Centre, Yangon.
Moore, Elizabeth (2001) UNESCO SubRegional Global Strategy Meeting for Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage and Periodic Monitoring of World Cultural Heritage Sites - World Heritage Tentative Lists, SouthEast Asia. In: UNESCO Sub-Regional Global Strategy Meeting for Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage and Periodic Monitoring of World Cultural Heritage Sites, Paris, UNESCO. (Submitted)
Elizabeth, Moore and Miklós, Orsós and János, Jelen (2014) Dharma Gate Buddhist College (Budapest) EH Moore Myanmar (Burma) image text database. [Datasets] (In Press)