Sembiran and Pacung on the north coast of Bali: a strategic crossroads for early trans-Asiatic exchange

Calo, Ambra, Prasetyo, Bagyo, Bellwood, Peter, Lankton, James W., Gratuze, Bernard, Pryce, Thomas Oliver, Reinecke, Andreas, Leusch, Verenca, Schenk, Heidrun, Wood, Rachel, Bawono, Rochtri A., Gede, I. Dewa Kompiang, Yuliati, Ni L.K. Citha, Fenner, Jack, Reepmeyer, Christian, Castillo, Cristina, and Carter, Alison K. (2015) Sembiran and Pacung on the north coast of Bali: a strategic crossroads for early trans-Asiatic exchange. Antiquity, 89 (344). pp. 378-396.

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Studies of trade routes across Southeast Asia in prehistory have hitherto focused largely on archaeological evidence from Mainland Southeast Asia, particularly the Thai Peninsula and Vietnam. The role of Indonesia and Island Southeast Asia in these networks has been poorly understood, owing to the paucity of evidence from this region. Recent research has begun to fill this void. New excavations at Sembiran and Pacung on the northern coast of Bali have produced new, direct AMS dates from burials, and analytical data from cultural materials including pottery, glass, bronze, gold and semi-precious stone, as well as evidence of local bronze-casting. This suggests strong links with the Indian subcontinent and Mainland Southeast Asia from the late first millennium BC, some 200 years earlier than previously thought.

Item ID: 39117
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1745-1744
Keywords: Island Southeast Asia, Bali, late prehistoric trade, bronze, gold, glass, carnelian, Rouletted Ware
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC DECRA 2012–2015
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2015 03:23
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 100%
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