Journal article

A report on the 2011-2012 excavation of Lovea: An Iron Age, moated settlement in Cambodia

Dougald O'Reilly, Louise Shewan



Archaeological mounds surrounded by moats and embankments are common in the Mun River valley of the Khorat Plateau in Northeast Thailand. Sites with a similar morphology have been identified in neighbouring Cambodia but they are far less common. While several of the Thai sites have been subject to investigation only one moated site, to date, has been excavated in Cambodia. This paper presents the findings of the recent excavations at Phum Lovea.


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge the participation and acquiescence of the people of Lovea, the APSARA Authority and the Government of Cambodia for their generous support and cooperation including H.E. Bun Narith, H.E. Ros Borath, H.E. Mao Larr and especially our close collaborators, Dr Tan Buon Soy, Dr Tin Tina, Mr An Sopheap, Mr Kim Samnang, Mr Im Sokrithy, Mr Ea Darith and Mr Chhay Rachana. Also to Mr Tho Thon and Mr Sieng Rosath both of whom made an invaluable contribution to this effort. Thanks also to the International Center of Research and Documentation of Angkor, The Department of Conservation of Monuments and Preventative Archaeology. We also thank the Australian Research Council (DP110101997) for supporting the research through the Discovery Grants programme. Thanks also to our colleagues in the field, Mr Suy Pov in particular, and in the laboratory and to the volunteers. Thanks also to the staff of the Robert Christie Research Center for their support, especially So Malay. Thanks to Dr Kathyrn Domett for her work on the human remains.