This comprehensive and absorbing book traces the cultural history of Southeast Asia from prehistoric (especially Neolithic, Bronze-Iron age) times through to the major Hindu and Buddhist civilizations, to around AD 1300. Southeast Asia has recently attracted archaeological attention as the locus for the first recorded sea crossings; as the region of origin for the Austronesian population dispersal across the Pacific from Neolithic times; as an arena for the development of archaeologically-rich Neolithic, and metal using communities, especially in Thailand and Vietnam, and as the backdrop for several unique and strikingly monumental Indic civilizations, such as the Khmer civilization centred around Angkor. Southeast Asia is invaluable to anyone interested in the full history of the region.

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ByIan Glover, Peter Bellwood

chapter 1|17 pages

Southeast Asia

Foundations for an archaeological history
ByPeter Bellwood, Ian Glover

chapter 3|27 pages

Mainland Southeast Asia from the Neolithic to the Iron Age

ByCharles Higham

chapter 5|31 pages

Pre-Angkorian and Angkorian Cambodia

ByMiriam T. Stark

chapter 6|29 pages

The Archaeology of The Early Buddhist Kingdoms of Thailand

ByPhasook Indrawoorth

chapter 7|28 pages

The Archaeology of Burma (Myanmar) from The Neolithic to Pagan

ByPamela Gutman, Bob Hudson

chapter 8|32 pages

Northern Vietnam from The Neolithic to The Han Period

ByNguyen Khac Su, Pham Minh Huyen, Tong Trung Tin

chapter 9|25 pages

The Coastal States of Champa

ByWilliam A. Southworth

chapter 10|23 pages

The Classical Cultures of Indonesia

ByJohn N. Miksic

chapter 11|25 pages

The Archaeology of The Philippine Archipelago

ByElisabeth A. Bacus

chapter 12|32 pages

The Archaeology of Early Maritime Polities of Southeast Asia

ByPierre-Yves Manguin

chapter 14|9 pages

Retrospect and Prospect

ByIan Glover, Peter Bellwood