Rethinking Household/Community Based Production – Broadening the Conversation

Author(s): Judy Voelker

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Paradigms Shift: New Interpretations in Mainland Southeast Asian Archaeology" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The Thailand Archaeometallurgy Project (TAP) has focused on the Khao Wong Prachan Valley, central Thailand in efforts to better understand the origins of metallurgy in Southeast Asia. TAP has excavated three culturally and technologically related copper production and habitation sites in this valley: Non Pa Wai (NPW), Nil Kham Haeng (NKH), and Non Mak La (NML). While much project effort has centered on understanding the metallurgical components and contexts at these sites less understood is the presence of other local craft production activities. The examination of small finds also provides insight into the organization of production at these sites. This paper first summarizes evidence for on-site craft production at TAP sites and then focuses on the spatial organization for non-metallurgical craft activities at the site of Non Mak La. The paper concludes with a short discussion of the theoretical framework of household/community based craft production and it’s implications for understanding craft production in Thai prehistory.

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Rethinking Household/Community Based Production – Broadening the Conversation. Judy Voelker. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452129)


Spatial Coverage

min long: 92.549; min lat: -11.351 ; max long: 141.328; max lat: 27.372 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 24107