AIA Central Arizona Society September 2017 Lecture
Title: Looking Beyond the Temples: Exploring the Residences of the Ancient Angkorians
Speaker: Allison Carter, University of Oregon
When and Where: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6pm, Benedictine University Community Room, 225 E. Main Street, Mesa AZ
Angkor, centered in the modern nation of Cambodia, was one of the largest preindustrial settlements in the world and has been the focus of more than a century of epigraphic, art historical, and architectural research. However, few scholars have examined the lives of the people who built the temples, kept the shrines running, produced the food, and managed the water. This presentation will focus on my recent work with the Greater Angkor Project examining Angkorian habitation areas and specifically the excavation of a house mound within the Angkor Wat temple enclosure. Through this multidisciplinary research, we aim to better understand the nature and timing of occupation within the Angkor Wat temple enclosure and the types of activities taking place within an Angkorian household.
Alison Carter is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been working in Cambodia since 2005. She has worked in Angkor since 2011 as a member of the Greater Angkor Project and is co-directing a project exploring Angkorian household archaeology. Additionally, she has an interest in examining trade and exchange patterns in Southeast Asia, with a focus on glass and stone beads.
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