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Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia From 10,000 B. C. to the Fall of Angkor

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ISBN-10: 0521275253

ISBN-13: 9780521275255

Edition: 1989

Authors: Charles Higham, Norman Yoffee, Susan Alcock, Tom Dillehay, Stephen Shennan

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Southeast Asia was the scene of one of the world's major civilisations, that of Angkor, until it was sacked in the early fifteenth century. The origins of Angkor were barely known until recent archaeological excavation and field research began to reveal the region's dynamic development and to raise new questions to serve in its understanding. This important new synthesis focuses on the social world of early mainland Southeast Asia: Thailand, Vietnam, Kampuchea, Laos and adjacent areas. The book begins when the area was occupied 12,000 years ago by hunters and gatherers. The author stresses the importance of sedentism and domestication. These encouraged the spread of coastal communities into the interior valleys. Particular relevance is seen in the exchange of valuables, including bronze, as symbols of status. The origins of civilisation, for long assumed to result from Indian expansion in the region, are seen as rooted in local changes, along with the selective adoption of Indian religious and political ideas within coastal cheifdoms. In bridging the gap between prehistory and history, this book will appeal not only to archaeologists but to those interested in the general history, culture and arts of Asia.
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Book details

List price: $94.99
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/11/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 404
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Chronological table
Introduction
Aspects of diversity
The personality of Southeast Asia
The history of archaeology in Southeast Asia
Themes and approaches
Hunter-gatherer communities and early domestication
The coast and hills of Bac Bo
Coastal groups in Viet Nam
A hunting and gathering tradition in the North Thai uplands
The Northern Thai uplands: summary
The hunter-gatherer occupation of the Chao Phraya plains
Coastal settlement round the Gulf of Siam
Domestication
The expansion of domestic communities
The Khorat plateau
A general cultural framework
Non Nok Tha
Ban Chiang
Ban Na Di
Other excavated sites in the northern Khorat plateau
The southern Khorat plateau: Ban Chiang Hian and related sites
Dating General Periods A and B
The subsistence basis of General Periods A and B
The human remains
The material culture of General Periods A and B
The social organisation
The lower Chao Phraya valley
The lower Mekong and its hinterland
The coastal plains of Central Viet Nam
The Bac Bo Region
The expansion of domestic communities and the adoption of bronze-working
The end of autonomy and emergence of chiefdoms
Bac Bo: the Dong Son phase
The Chao Phraya plains
The Khorat plateau
The uplands of Laos
The Vietnamese coastal plains
The transition from autonomy to centrality
The development of mandalas
India and China
Geographic regions which sustained mandalas
The lower Mekong and the delta: A.D. c 100-550
The delta mandalas: summary
Mandalas of the middle Mekong and the Tonle Sap plains: A.D. 550-802
Zhenla mandalas: summary
The Dvaravati mandalas of the Chao Phraya plains and their antecedants: A.D. 200-950
The Mun and Chi valleys in Northeast Thailand
The Han: three border commanderies
Bac Bo
The mandalas of Champa
The dynastic history of Linyi
The archaeological remains of Linyi: the Cham mandalas
Champa: summary
The formative stages of Southeast Asian civilisation: a review
Summary
The Angkorian Mandala
The dynastic history and main historic events
Taxation
The means of destruction
Agriculture
The pursuit of perfection
Summary and conclusions
Concluding remarks
References
Index