Khao Sam Kaeo

ISBN-13 : 9782855394275

ISSN : 2118-1020

Width : 21 cm

Height : 28 cm

Weight : 2.25 kg

Number of pages : 675

Distributor : EFEO Diffusion

Geography : Vietnam, India, Cambodia, China, South East Asia, South Asia, Thailand, East Asia

Language : English

Place : Paris

Support : Papier

Description :

21 x 28 cm, 675 p., Ill., English

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Two thousand years ago, the Wu Emperor of China sent south a naval expedition to seek op-portunities to increase trade. The leaders en-countered a Southeast Asian kingdom, with an established government, laws, cities and flourishing trade with India and Rome. The expedition report survives in the Chinese dynastic archives, and poses a fascinating challenge to archaeologists: what was the nature of this mari-time Silk Road, when did it begin, what manner of people ran it, and how did it affect their lives? Answers to these key questions are now emerging from five years of excavations and a decade of intense analyses that centre on the Kra Isthmus, the narrow neck of land that provides the easiest passage between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. Here, the trade route is dominated by the urban centre of Khao Sam Kaeo, a sprawling settlement atop four hills, next to the Tha Tapao River. For the first time in Southeast Asia, a multi disciplinary project involving geoarchaeology, botany and metallurgy, combined with geographical information systems, has been deployed to unravel the timing of the emergence of the maritime Silk Road and its social impact. We have found that its origins are far earlier than suspected, stretching back into the 4th century BC. Over the centuries, Khao Sam Kaeo became a cosmopolitan hub that drew merchants and artisans from India and other Asian horizons. Gold and silver, carnelian and glass jewellery came from new workshops. In the fields beyond the city walls, new crops of Indian origin were grown alongside the traditional rice fields. Chinese ceramics, Vietnamese bronzes, even Roman tradewares made their way to the markets of Southeast Asia. The vital importance of Khao Sam Kaeo in documenting and illuminating the early maritime trade is seen in the later rise of states like Pasai, Banten, Melaka and Ayutthaya. Here again, on a magnified scale, there were highly specialised manufacturing industries con-trolled by powerful kings. Revealing the deep seated cultural changes that took place at Khao Sam Kaeo thus illuminates for the first time a critical stage in the history of Southeast Asia.

Table of contents

Bérénice Bellina with the collaboration of Praon Silapanth
The Geography of the Upper Peninsula and the Palaeo Environment of Khao Sam Kaeo Geoarchaeology Landscape Formation and Transformation
S. Jane Allen
Archaeobotany Evidence of Exchange Networks and Agricultural Practices
Cristina Castillo
Resin Identification
by GC-MS Pauline Burger, Armelle Charrié-Duhaut, Jacques Connan & Pierre Albrecht
The Settlement of Khao Sam Kaeo Morphology and Dimensions Bérénice Bellina & Vincent Bernard
Settlement’s Organisation: Locating Different Activities
Bérénice Bellina & Vincent Bernard
Chronological Sequence of the Occupation
Bérénice Bellina-Pryce
Spatial Analysis of an Early Port-City
Julie Malakie & Andrew Bevan
Study of Socio-Technical Systems Local and Regional Pottery Traditions
Phaedra Bouvet
Indian Fine Wares Phaedra Bouvet Lustrous Black and Red Wares
Phaedra Bouvet
Rotative Kinetic Energy-Produced Pottery
Phaedra Bouvet
The South China Sea-Related Ceramics
Aude Favereau, Bérénice Bellina, Guillaume Épinal & Phaedra Bouvet
The Han Ceramics
Sophie Peronnet & Sachipan Srikanlaya
Maritime Silk Roads Stone Ornament Industries
Bérénice Bellina
Nephrite and Mica Industries: A Link towards the Austronesian World
Hsiao-chun Hung & Yoshiyuki Iizuka
Stone Adzes Corpus
Tessa Boer-Mah
The Metallurgical Industries
Thomas Oliver Pryce, Mercedes Murillo-Barroso, Lynn Biggs, Marcos Martinón-Torres & Bérénice Bellina
Glass from an Early Southeast Asian Producing and Trading Centre
Laure Dussubieux & Bérénice Bellina
Stone Seals and Intaglios from Khao Sam Kaeo
Brigitte Borell with contributions by Harry Falk
Khao Sam Kaeo: A Cosmopolitan Port-City or City-State in the South China Sea? The Beginning of the Urban Narratives in South and Southeast Asia
Bérénice Bellina
Was Khao Sam Kaeo a Cosmopolitan City and an Incipient City-State?
Bérénice Bellina
Bérénice Bellina

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