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From Temples to Angkorian Khmers: Findings from the 2010 Field Season
November 19, 2010 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Co-sponsored with the UHM Department of Anthropology
Friday, 19 November 2010 at 12Noon, Tokioka Room (Moore 319)
Presented by Dr. Miriam Stark, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai’i MÄnoa
Angkor Wat was a Hindu temple, built to honor God and King in the early 12th century CE in northwestern Cambodia. Through the centuries, the Khmers never abandoned Angkor Wat as their spiritual center. Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, and finally French visitors to the temples were awed by their architectural sophistication and the civilization in which they arose. More than a century of restoration and historic preservation work has taken place at the great Angkorian temples of the Tonle Sap region; work continues vigorously today. Yet little remains known about who built the temples, where the Angkorian Khmers who built these temples lived, and how they organized themselves. One goal of the Greater Angkor Project (Phase III) is to study Angkorian period residence and land use, and Dr. Miriam Stark (University of Hawai’i-Manoa) has joined with her University of Sydney colleagues on a five-year field-based archaeological program to explore these issues. This lecture will review our current knowledge of Angkorian period economy and social organization, and discuss findings from the 2010 field season.