Exploring the origin and rise of the state in ancient Southeast Asia through archaeological investigation in Cambodia and Thailand.


The Project

The principal aim of this Australian Research Council funded project is to examine emerging sociopolitical complexity in Cambodia and Thailand prior to the rise of the Angkorian state.


For the first time, archaeological research is being undertaken on a regional scale using a diachronic approach investigating sites from the mid-1st millennium BCE to the late 1st millennium CE.


Employing a suite of advanced archaeological technologies, the research will result in answers to the enduring questions regarding the rise of complex society in Southeast Asia.


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