Angkorian Residential Patterns: A view from the trenches


One of the defining features of the great temples of Angkor is the pattern of enclosed space that surrounds many major monuments. The outer limits of these enclosures are frequently bounded by masonry walls and moats. Although more than a century of research has been devoted to understanding the temples that lie at the center of these enclosures, the structure and function of the vast rectilinear spaces that surround them remains very poorly understood. This paper draws on recent fieldwork by the Greater Angkor Project (GAP) at the walled temple enclosure sites of Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm in order to understand residential patterning within these enclosures. GAP excavations (2010-2014) suggest that the areas for habitation were constructed at the same time as planning and construction of the temples within the enclosures. However, a comparison of material evidence from Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm suggest that the nature and length of habitation within both these enclosures differed. Although preliminary, data from these excavations provide valuable insight into the nature and variability of Angkorian habitation, elucidate the transition into the post-Angkor period, and highlight the continuity and discontinuity in the use of space within these large enclosures.

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Angkorian Residential Patterns: A view from the trenches. Alison Carter, Miriam Stark, Piphal Heng, Rachna Chhay. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395840)


Angkor Cambodia

Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;