Journal article

Resource Utilisation and Regional Interaction in Protohistoric Cambodia -- the Evidence from Angkor Borei. Journal:

Louise Shewan

Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports | Elsevier | Published : 2020


Angkor Borei is a protohistoric (ca. 500 BCE − 500 CE) site in southern Cambodia (Takeo Province), on the western edge of the Mekong Delta. Cambodia’s protohistoric period, concurrent with the Iron Age elsewhere in mainland Southeast Asia, is a period characterised by major socio-political transformation: early state formation, incorporation into the South China Sea network, and urbanisation. First occupied in the mid-first millennium BCE, Angkor Borei became the delta’s largest regional centre during the Funan period (c. 1st-6th century CE). This study builds on previous skeletal chemistry research, increasing the sample set by additional 15 individuals, to refine our understanding of the r..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to extend their gratitude to the administration and staff of the Kingdom of Cambodia's Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts for permission to conduct research at Angkor Borei as part of the Lower Mekong Archaeological Project (LOMAP). We wish to thank the Australian Research Council (DP0984968 and DP110101997) for funding of the isotopic analysis presented in this study. LOMAP field funding was provided by the East-West Center, the University of Hawaii, the Wenner-Gren Foundation (Grant ICRG-21), the National Endowment for the Humanities (Grant RZ-20199-97), the Foundation for Exploration and Research on Cultural Origins, the National Geographic Society (Grant #7455-03), and the Center for Khmer Studies/Rockefeller Foundation. Partial funding was provided by International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc. (IARII), for the Vat Komnou bioarchaeological research reported here. We also wish to thank Matt Bell (IARII) for drafting Figure 1 and the anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments and helpful advice which has improved our manuscript.