Sites, survey, and ceramics: settlement patterns of the first to ninth centuries CE in the Upper Mun River Valley, northeast Thailand

Evans, Caitlin, Chang, Nigel, and Shimizu, Naho (2016) Sites, survey, and ceramics: settlement patterns of the first to ninth centuries CE in the Upper Mun River Valley, northeast Thailand. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 47 (3). pp. 438-467.

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Abstract

Our understanding of the transition from the last centuries of prehistory to the Pre-Angkorian period in northeast Thailand has been limited by a lack of projects bridging both periods. This article examines settlement patterns of the first to the ninth centuries CE in the Upper Mun River Valley based on recent (2012–14) surveys. The findings highlight the gradual settlement trends in the region, with a focus on local modification rather than the sudden adoption of external ideas. Results reinforce the fourth to sixth centuries CE as a pivotal period, when large centres consolidated and cautiously expanded upriver, into previously uninhabited regions. A relatively modest, flexible, and resilient settlement strategy developed, attuned to wider supraregional trends, but allowing for the demands of the local cultural and physical landscape.

Item ID: 45996
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1474-0680
Keywords: archaeology, southeast Asia, historic archaeology, early states, archaeology survey methods, resilience, Thailand, Khorat, northeast Thailand, Upper Mun River Valley
Funders: Earthwatch Institute (EI)
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2016 03:24
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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