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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The importance of sedentism and domestication in the development of civilization is stressed through this study of the hunter and gatherer societies occupying early mainland Southeast Asia 12,000 years ago.
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Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1989. Book Condition: Very Good. N/A. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP68571353
Book Description Cambridge University Press. Book Condition: Good. Ex-library, so some stamps and wear, and may have sticker on cover, but in good overall condition. Bookseller Inventory # Z1-C-028-00579
Book Description Cambridge University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0521255236I3N00
Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Very good. Bookseller Inventory # HH-228-63-7175507
Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Bookseller Inventory # GD-228-63-7175507