Interpreting Southeast Asia's Past: Monument, Image and Text

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Peter Sharrock, Ian C. Glover, Elizabeth A. Bacus
NUS Press, Jan 1, 2008 - Social Science - 456 pages
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Interpreting Southeast Asia's Past: Monument, Image and Text features 31 papers read at the 10th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, held in London in September 2004. The volume covers monumental arts, sculpture and painting, epigraphy and heritage management across mainland Southeast Asia and as far south as Indonesia. New research on monumental arts includes chapters on the Bayon of Angkor and the great brick temple sites of Champa. There is an article discussing the purpose of making and erecting sacred sculptures in the ancient world and accounts of research on the sacred art of Burma, Thailand and southern China (including the first study of the few surviving Saiva images in Burma), of a spectacular find of bronze Mahayana Buddhas, and of the sculpted bronzes of the Dian culture. New research on craft goods and crafting techniques deals with ancient Khmer materials, including recently discovered ceramic kiln sites, the sandstone sources of major Khmer sculptures, and the rare remaining traces of paint, plaster and stucco on stone and brick buildings. More widely distributed goods also receive attention, including Southeast Asian glass beads, and there are contributions on Southeast Asian heritage and conservation, including research on Angkor as a living World Heritage site and discussion of a UNESCO project on the stone jars of the Plain of Jars in Laos that combines recording, safeguarding, bomb clearance, and eco-tourism development.
 

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Contents

Moats and Enclosure Walls of the Khmer temples
3
How Many Face Towers in the Bayon?
9
The Date of the Baphuon and the Later Chronology of Angkor
25
Pedestal or Base?
46
The Relationship between Architecture and Sculpture in Cham Sacred Art of the
55
The Archaeology of Champa North of Hue Towards New Perspectives
73
A New Discovery of Sculptural Epic Narration
85
Candi Singasari A Recent Study
100
Heger I Bronze Drums and the Relationships between Dian and Dong Son Cultures
208
Horses in the Dian Culture of Yunnan
225
Kalpand in Ancient Cambodia
241
The Act of Naming Avalokitesvara in Ancient Southeast Asia
263
Putting People
286
Recent Research on DvaravatT Cultural Workshop Sites in Petchaburi Province
306
Chronology of Various Types of Ceramics Based on Some Recent Excavations
323
A Study of Midfirst Millennium CE Southeast Asian Specialized Glass Beadmaking
335

Ancient Gardens and HinduBuddhist Architecture in Java
122
Siva in Burma
137
Buddhist Artifacts Recently Unearthed in Lopburi
156
The Yogims of the Bayon
177
A New Fashion in Male Headdress during East Javanese Majapahit Time
193
Petrographic Characterization of Khmer Sculpture at the National Museum of
357
The Need for Anthropological Approaches to Conservation and Management of
377
The German Apsara Conservation Project at Angkor Wat Stone Conservation
391
About the Authors
409
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Elisabeth A. BACUS is Research Professor at University of Akron. Ian GLOVER is Emeritus Reader in Southeast Asian Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London. Peter SHARROCK is Research Associate in Southeast Asian Archeaology at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.