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Authors: Fletcher, Roland
Pottier, Christophe
Johnson, Wayne
Title: Angkor and water management: the implications of massive masonry water control structures
Date: 2008
Source: From <i>Homo erectus</i> to the living traditions
Place of Publication: Chiang Mai
Publisher: European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists
Notes: Choice of Papers from the 11th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Bougon, 25th-29th September 2006.
Abstract: For over twenty years there has been a debate about the water management system of Angkor, characterised as a contrast between a French functionalist-irrigation model and an English symbolic-ritualist model. In actuality the French scholars offered a dual explanation - and in the medieval Khmer world the dichotomy is unlikely to have much meaning. None-the-less it is logically necessary to assess whether or not the water management system of Angkor included the kinds of structures, such a spillways and flow management exit channels, that would be consistent with large-scale engineering control for the precise and calibrated movement of water across the landscape. Such structures would support the case for a pragmatic component to water management in Angkor. Excavations have revealed a massive masonry spillway at Bam Penh Reach in northern Angkor and clearance of vegetation has exposed the large, masonry-lined exit channel of the East Baray in central Angkor. The paper will report on the nature and implications of these massive and sophisticated masonry structures.
Date Created: 10/7/2008
Editors: Pautreau, Jean-Pierre
Coupey, Anne-Sophie
Zeitoun, Valéry
Rambault, Emma
Page Start: 231
Page End: 237