Angkorian Collapse and Aftermath: A View from the Center


The 9th – 15th century Angkorian state was Southeast Asia’s largest ancient polity; its 1000 km2 core was among the world’s largest preindustrial urban centers. The Angkorian state’s mid-15th century CE “collapse” moved the polity’s rulers and their populations south to a series of new capitals that were closely linked to the Early Modern Southeast Asian economy. Angkor as a capital collapsed, but the Angkorian civilization continued. We use field excavations, surface survey, and remote sensing research through the Greater Angkor Project to examine the archaeology of collapse at Angkor, and to offer local perspectives on state collapse for comparative research.

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Angkorian Collapse and Aftermath: A View from the Center. Miriam Stark, David Brotherson, Damian Evans, Martin Polkinghorne. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403911)


Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

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