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Ref ID: 37166
Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Carter, Alison
O'Reilly, Dougald
Shewan, Louise
Dussubiex, Laure
Title: Northwest Cambodia and the Mekong interaction sphere: glass stone beads from Lovea, Prei Khmeng, and Sophy
Date: 2022
Source: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers
Abstract: This paper reviews stone (agate and carnelian) and glass bead assemblages from three sites in northwest Cambodia: Lovea, Prei Khmeng, and Sophy. Beads from all three sites were largely found in burial contexts dating to the Iron Age or protohistoric period (500 BCE-500 CE). While stone and glass beads are frequently markers of contact with South Asia, they are also informative for understanding intra-regional exchange networks within Southeast Asia. An analysis of the glass beads identiļ¬es that most beads were made from a high-alumina mineral-soda glass. Compositional and morphological analysis of the stone beads suggests that they were likely produced from an Indian raw material source and using South Asian production techniques. Overall, the bead assemblages from all three sites show connections to other sites in Cambodia and Thailand and especially seem to be part of the broader Mekong Interaction Sphere exchange network.
Volume: 34
Page Start: 77
Page End: 95