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Authors: Miksic, John N.
Title: Historical archaeology in Southeast Asia
Date: 2017
Source: Historical Archaeology
DOI: 10.1007/s41636-017-0056-9
Abstract: Historical archaeology in Southeast Asia can be divided into two periods: the classic era of the Hindu and Buddhist civilizations, which began approximately 2,000 years ago, and the postclassic era, which began around A.D. 1400 with the expansion of Islam and Theravada Buddhism, followed by the arrival of European colonists in the 16th century. The use of “historical archaeology” to refer to this 2,000-year-long period differs from the sense of the term used in Europe, South Africa, Australia, and North America, where historical archaeology is normally applied to the last 500 years. This essay describes the attitudes toward the transition from antiquity to the present from the perspective of archaeology in various parts of Southeast Asia. The main focus is on the perspective of local archaeologists, rather than those from outside the region.
Date Created: 4/25/2018
Volume: 51
Number: 4
Page Start: 471
Page End: 486