SOAS University of London

History of Art and Archaeology

Pipad Krajaejun

BA (Silpakorn University), MA (Chulalongkorn University), MA (SOAS)
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Pipad Krajaejun
Pipad Krajaejun
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Thesis title:
Deconstructing the Historical Metanarrative of Thai Art and Archaeology: The Emergence of Artistic Styles in the Pre-Ayutthaya Period, or ‘Uthong Art,’ during the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries
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Pipad Krajaejun is currently a PhD candidate in History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS University of London under the supervision of Professor Ashley Thompson. His research focuses on archaeological evidence and 'Uthong art' in the 13th and 14th centuries or 'Dark age' in central Thailand in order to understand the history, cultural and religious changes in that time.

Pipad obtained a BA in archaeology from Silpakorn University, an MA in history from Chulalongkorn University, and an MA in history of art and archaeology from SOAS supported by Alphawood Scholarship. Prior to PhD, he taught at Thai ancient history (from prehistory to the 19th century), Thai local history, and ethnohistory in Southeast Asia. 

PhD Research

My research aims to investigate the history and archaeological evidence in the 13th and 14th centuries or 'Dark age' in central Thailand, to understand the emergence of a new art style called 'Uthong art', and to critique Thai national history which governs the structure of art historical and archaeological periods. The 13th and 14th centuries were very important because Theravada Buddhism became the dominant religion and new art style recently called 'Uthong' were created. However, the dating of 'Uthong' Buddha images and architectures are uncertain as well as the history of this period is unclear. The term 'Uthong' also was coined by political reason. Besides, even though there were many excavations in central Thailand but the archaeological layer of this period disappeared from excavation reports. This research, therefore, questions that the disappearance of this layer relates to the problem of Thai national history based on the history of kingdoms, while the history of that period was in the form of the city-states. Archaeological excavation, survey, art history, and the scientific method are used in this research. Three archaeological sites namely Ayutthaya, Lopburi and Sanburi were excavated as well as many archaeological sites in Thailand and Cambodia were surveyed. In addition, 'Uthong' Buddha images are being dated the first time in Thailand by the scientific method, sponsored by SAAAP.


  • The 21st Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA) Congress, Hue, Vietnam, 23-28 September 2018
  • The LATU International Conference, Thammasat University, Thailand, 13-14 September 2018


  • History and archaeology in the 13th and 14th centuries or in the Ayutthaya and Post-Bayon period
  • The relationship between 'Uthong' art and Post-Bayon arts 
  • Processual and Post-processual archaeological theories