Charles Higham was educated at Raynes Park County Grammar School and St Catharine's College, where he was elected a Senior Scholar. After completing his PhD he was appointed lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Otago, New Zealand, in 1966. The following year he became the Professor and Head of Department. Since 1969, he has worked extensively on the prehistory of Southeast Asia.
The origins of the civilization of Angkor, Cambodia and Thailand
Fellow of the British Academy Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit