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Ref ID: 37260
Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Higham, C. F. W.
Title: The Bronze Age and Southeast Asia
Date: 2023
Source: Old World: Journal of Ancient Africa and Eurasia
DOI: 10.1163/26670755-20230004
Abstract: As the scholarly border between China and Southeast Asia has dissipated, so the vast region from the Yangtze River to Malaysia has been integrated into a whole. There was an inexorable expansion of copper-base expertise southward, reaching Lingnan and Yunnan by 1400-1200 bc, and Southeast Asia one or two centuries later, with ultimate origins in the Asian steppes via the Chinese Central Plains and Sichuan. As prospectors identified and exploited the Southeast Asian copper mines, a limited range of copper-base artefacts moved along established exchange routes, including socketed axes, bangles and spears. At first rare and used to advertise status in communities advantaged by a strategic location, with increased production and in situ casting within consumer settlements, bronzes were no longer associated with social elites. Only with different regional stimuli during the Iron Age, were bronzes again employed by societies characterized by social inequality.
Volume: 3
Number: 1
Page Start: 1
Page End: 33