The Current State of Archaeological Research across Southeast Asia

Part of: Society for American Archaeology 84th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM (2019)

This collection contains the abstracts of the papers presented in the session entitled "The Current State of Archaeological Research across Southeast Asia," at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

From Myanmar to Vietnam, Southeast Asia encompasses a deep history with a wide set of cultures. Over the last few decades, archaeological research in this area has experienced significant advancements in terms of theoretical approaches, methodological developments, and archaeological discoveries. New and continuing scholars and field projects have been substantially contributing to an evolving archaeological dataset. In an endeavor to present the rapidly changing state of archaeological discourse, a collection of scholars will discuss the progression and findings of research within their areas of interest. In this fashion, a diversity of topics will be presented from recent archaeological fieldwork throughout Southeast Asia. This will also assist in a continued effort to encourage a flourishing community of developing and established scholars.

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  • Angkor from the Outside In: Household Archaeology in Battambang, Cambodia (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Tiyas Bhattacharyya. Alison Carter. Miriam Stark. Sophorn Kim.

    This is an abstract from the "The Current State of Archaeological Research across Southeast Asia" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The exploration of residential spaces through the study of household archaeology helps create a better understanding of society from multiple perspectives. Previous work on Angkorian households has focused on sites that were within the capital. There has been a record of archaeological occupation within Battambang...

  • Between Angkor and Champa: Political Economy of the Buffer Zone (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Piphal Heng.

    This is an abstract from the "The Current State of Archaeological Research across Southeast Asia" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Highland Southeast Asia was historically the domain of ethnic swiddeners, in contrast with the wet rice farmers of lowland states. Recent scholarship has re-envisioned these upland groups as active agents who resisted lowland state domination, rather than viewing them as isolated tribal groups. Highlands located east of...

  • Emerging Epicenters and Complementary Centralized and Decentralized Water Management Strategies at Medieval Angkor, Cambodia (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Sarah Klassen.

    This is an abstract from the "The Current State of Archaeological Research across Southeast Asia" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Recent research at Angkor has aggregated over 20 years of archaeological map data, which is providing important new perspectives on the agricultural production system of the polycentric low-density urban complex. Much scholarly attention has been directed towards the functional vs. ritual nature of the huge reservoirs...

  • An Ethnoarchaeology Study of Water Rituals at Bagan, Myanmar (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Raiza Rivera.

    This is an abstract from the "The Current State of Archaeological Research across Southeast Asia" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Water is an element which characterizes and links Southeast Asia, however, due to the difficulties of understanding its religious significance within the archaeological record, few studies have examined its symbolic meaning. As part of this ethnoarchaeology study, interviews and observations conducted in ten traditional...

  • Interaction, Change, and Ceramic Variation along Coastal Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, AD 100-1500 (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Colin LeJeune.

    This is an abstract from the "The Current State of Archaeological Research across Southeast Asia" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Coastal Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Thailand, situated along Peninsular Thailand’s eastern facing South China Sea shore, was one of the many vibrant zones of interregional exchange and complexity growth in premodern maritime Southeast Asia. The region’s culture-history, settlement pattern, material culture, and...

  • Kilns, Chiefs, and Trade: Precolonial Tradeware from the Philippines and Fujian examined through LA-ICP-MS (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Rory Dennison.

    This is an abstract from the "The Current State of Archaeological Research across Southeast Asia" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Before the expansion of European interests into East Asia, a maritime network was established between imperial powers and Southeast Asian polities that connected artisans, merchants, chiefs, farmers, foragers, and others. This Early Historic period was a time of important developments that set the stage for later...

  • A Metallurgical Study of Early Bronzes from Northern Vietnam: Some Thoughts on Methodology, Local Practices and Inter-regional Interaction (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Francis Allard. Wengcheong Lam. Nam Kim.

    This is an abstract from the "The Current State of Archaeological Research across Southeast Asia" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. This paper presents the results of the metallurgical analysis of 43 fragments of bronze artifacts recovered from Bronze Age sites in northern Vietnam. It represents the largest systematic study undertaken so far of early north Vietnamese bronzes using a range of archeo-metallurgical techniques. The artifacts, which are...

  • A Morphological Analysis of Sandstone Temples in the Provinces of the Angkorian Khmer Empire (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Kendall Hills.

    This is an abstract from the "The Current State of Archaeological Research across Southeast Asia" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Archaeological research in Cambodia was traditionally relatively narrow in scope. Our knowledge of the Khmer Empire (9th to 15th century CE ) has been primarily informed via two lines of evidence: epigraphic sources, especially in the form of temple inscriptions, and art historical analysis of monumental architecture....

  • The Temples of the Classical Kingdom of Bagan, Myanmar: The Bundling of Royalty, Religion, and People (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Ellie Tamura.

    This is an abstract from the "The Current State of Archaeological Research across Southeast Asia" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Bagan was Myanmar’s political, economic, and cultural centre during the country’s Classical period (c. 800-1400 CE). Encompassing an area of 80 kilometers square, this landscape was home to approximately 4,000 brick monuments. These monuments were the result of the Buddhist pursuit of merit-making, the idea that...

  • Towards an Integrated Socio-ecological History for Residential Patterning, Agricultural Practices, and Water Management at the Classical Burmese (Bama) Capital of Bagan, Myanmar (11th to 14th Centuries CE) (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Gyles Iannone. Pyiet Phyo Kyaw. Scott Macrae.

    This is an abstract from the "The Current State of Archaeological Research across Southeast Asia" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The IRAW@Bagan project is striving to generate an integrated socio-ecological history for residential patterning, agricultural practices, and water management at the Classical Burmese (Bama) capital of Bagan, Myanmar (11th to 14th centuries CE) across a range of significant ecological, climatic, economic,...

  • Water Management in the Land of the Terribly Hot: A Hydrological Study of the Bagan Settlement Zone (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Scott Macrae. Gyles Iannone. Pyiet Phyo Kyaw.

    This is an abstract from the "The Current State of Archaeological Research across Southeast Asia" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Located along the Ayeyarwady river, in the dry-zone of Upper Myanmar, is an area once described as "the land of the terribly hot", a land where the Classical Burmese capital of Bagan (11th to 14th centuries CE) is found. Home to over 4,000 monuments, a large and diverse population lived within the mixed urban-rural...