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"Reconstructing" an archaeological landscape of NW Cambodia beyond the borders of the Greater Angkor using satellite imaging.

Author(s): Kasper Jan Hanus ; Emilia Smagur

Year: 2015

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Summary

Prehistoric and historic societies have established the material dimension of space through either the physical alteration of the landscape or the formalised recognition of space. Although the latter aspect is rather difficult to trace archaeologically through the use of aerial images, physical modifications of the landscape are often still visible.

The northern part of Tonle Sap basin were subjected to intensive survey using satellite imaging in order to identify anthropogenic adjustments on the surface. As a result, a wide range of archaeological features, primarily occupational mounds, moats and field systems, were recognized. Documented structures reveal a populated landscape of rice farmers who cultivated their fields radiating from the circular, inhabited mounds. At substantial parts of several sites, past inhabitants took a further step to alter their environment by digging a moat. The current issue that is under an extensive investigation is to understand how this landscape contributed the cultural processes that shaped the Greater Angkor as a low-density urban complex.

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"Reconstructing" an archaeological landscape of NW Cambodia beyond the borders of the Greater Angkor using satellite imaging.. Kasper Jan Hanus, Emilia Smagur. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395907)


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

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America