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Interpreting Southeast Asia's Past
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Interpreting Southeast Asia's Past: Monument, Image and Text contains 31 papers read at the 10th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists. The authors present new research on monumental arts, sculpture and painting, epigraphy and heritage management across mainland Southeast Asia adn as far south as Indonesia. New monumental arts research includes papers focused on the enduring enigma of the Bayon of Angkor, as well as material on the great brick temple sites of the state of Champa, neighbors of the ancient Khmers. The sacred art of Burma, Thailand and southern China incites new analysis of sculpture and painting including the first study of the few surviving Saiva images in Burma. The collection includes an account of a spectacular find of bronze Mahayana Buddhas, an analysis of the sculpted bronzes of the Dian culture, and an assessment of the purpose of making and erecting sacred sculptures in the ancient world. Ancient Khmer materials, including recently discovered Cambodian ceramic kiln sites, are the main focus of new research on craft goods and crafting techniques that treat the source, dating and adoption of amalgam gilding among Khmer craft specialists; the sandstone sources of major Khmer sculptures; and the rare remaining traces of paint, plaster and stucco on Khmer stone and brick buildings. More widely distributed goods also receive attention, including Southeast Asian glass beads. There are also contributions to Southeast Asian heritage and conservatioin, including research on Angkor as a living World Heritage site, and discussion of a UNESCO project on the stone jars of the Plain of Jars in Laos that combines recording, safeguarding, bomb clearance, and eco-tourism development.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. viii-9
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-xxii
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  1. List of Color Figures
  2. pp. xxiii-xxiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xxiv-29
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  1. Monumental Arts of Southeast Asia
  2. pp. 1-31
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  1. Chapter 1: Moats and Enclosure Walls of the Khmer Temples
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. Chapter 2: How Many Face Towers in the Bayon?
  2. pp. 9-24
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  1. Chapter 3: The Date of the Baphuon and theLater Chronology of Angkor
  2. pp. 25-45
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  1. Chapter 4: The Dancers and Musicians of Tra Kieu: Pedestal or Base?
  2. pp. 46-54
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  1. Chapter 5: The Relationship between Architecture and Sculpture in Cham Sacred Art of the Seventh to the Ninth Centuries CE
  2. pp. 55-72
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  1. Chapter 6: The Archaeology of Champa, North of Hue — Towards New Perspectives
  2. pp. 73-84
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  1. Chapter 7: Recasting the Sacred Heroes: A New Discovery of Sculptural Epic Narration from Ancient Champa
  2. pp. 85-99
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  1. Chapter 8: Candi Singasari — A Recent Study
  2. pp. 100-121
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  1. Chapter 9: Ancient Gardens and Hindu-Buddhist Architecture in Java
  2. pp. 122-132
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  1. Sculpture and Painting in Southeast Asia
  2. pp. 133-163
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  1. Chapter 10: Śiva in Burma
  2. pp. 135-141
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  1. Chapter 11: The Sermon on Mount Meru in the Murals of Pagan
  2. pp. 142-155
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  1. Chapter 12: Buddhist Artifacts Recently Unearthed in Lopburi
  2. pp. 156-164
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  1. Chapter 13: The Yoginīs of the Bayon
  2. pp. 165-183
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  1. Chapter 14: The Rock Shelter of Peung Kumnu and Visnu Images on Phnom Kulen
  2. pp. 184-192
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  1. Chapter 15: A New Fashion in Male Headdress during East Javanese Majapahit Time — the Teke-cap in Narrative Reliefs of Candi Jago
  2. pp. 193-207
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  1. Chapter 16: Heger I Bronze Drums and the Relationships between Dian and Dong Son Cultures
  2. pp. 208-224
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  1. Chapter 17: Horses in the Dian Culture of Yunnan
  2. pp. 225-238
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  1. Epigraphic and Textual Studies
  2. pp. 239-269
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  1. Chapter 18: Kalpanā in Ancient Cambodia
  2. pp. 241-247
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  1. Chapter 19: Buddhist Sealings in Thailand and Southeast Asia:Iconography, Function, and Ritual Context
  2. pp. 248-262
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  1. Chapter 20: The Act of Naming Avalokiteśvarain Ancient Southeast Asia
  2. pp. 263-272
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  1. Craft Production and Trade in Southeast Asia
  2. pp. 273-303
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  1. Chapter 21: New Data on Khmer Kiln Sites
  2. pp. 275-285
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  1. Chapter 22: Water and Fire — Farming and Ceramics — On Phnom Kulen: Putting People into Angkor
  2. pp. 286-295
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  1. Chapter 23: Amalgam Gilding in Khmer Culture
  2. pp. 296-305
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  1. Chapter 24: Recent Research on Dvāravatī Cultural Workshop Sitesin Petchaburi Province, Central Thailand
  2. pp. 306-322
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  1. Chapter 25: Chronology of Various Types of Ceramics Basedon Some Recent Excavations in the Malay World
  2. pp. 323-332
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  1. Technical Studies
  2. pp. 333-363
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  1. Chapter 26: A Study of Mid-first Millennium CE Southeast Asian Specialized Glass Beadmaking Traditions
  2. pp. 335-356
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  1. Chapter 27: Petrographic Characterization of Khmer Sculpture at the National Museum of Cambodia,Phnom Penh
  2. pp. 357-366
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  1. Chapter 28: Paint, Plaster, and Stucco — Decorative Features of Khmer Temples in Cambodia
  2. pp. 367-374
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  1. HERITAGE STUDIES
  2. pp. 375-405
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  1. Chapter 29: The Need for Anthropological Approaches to Conservation and Management of Living Heritage Sites: A Case Study of Angkor, Cambodia
  2. pp. 377-390
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  1. Chapter 31: Legacy of a Secret War: Archaeological Research and Bomb Clearance in the Plain of Jars, Lao PDR
  2. pp. 400-408
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 409-414
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 415-429
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