During the last decade, the interest in heritage issues in Southeast Asia has grown, and several projects and new organisations dealing with questions concerning conservation and education within this field have been set up. In conjunction with this, a number of methods and conceptual tools used for defining, understanding and managing Southeast Asian heritage have developed, and there are now projects that involve local communities, museums, artists, historians, anthropologists and the general public alongside with archaeologists aiming at linking the past with the present and the future. In contrast to the majority of research projects within Southeast Asian archaeology, which have historical periods or the history of specific places as points of departure, these projects depart from contemporary situations and society. Heritage management and heritage studies in general have not yet established itself as a separate academic subfield within Southeast Asian archaeology. Therefore this panel welcomes all sorts of papers that relate to these issues, and one of its main aims is to be broad and inclusive.