One find that excited the excavators at Ban Chiang were the small clay crucibles with spouts. It was soon clear that these ordinary-looking artifacts had once been used to melt bronze, copper, and tin to cast objects in molds. But as the crucibles were studied in more detail they had a bigger story to tell: that Ban
Dating the Ban Chiang cultural tradition has been the subject of controversy and scholarly debate for more than forty years. The excavations in 1974 and 1975 showed that the site had a long stratigraphy and was occupied for thousands of years (Gorman 1976). In the early 1970s, thermoluminescence dates on unprovenienced ceramics suggested, incorrectly, that
Although Ban Chiang and similar sites in Thailand have been called “cemeteries” for many years, this interpretation has recently been revised. We now think that the dead at Ban Chiang were buried under and around houses that were built on stilts. This practice—found in many societies from the ancient Maya to the Near Eastern neolithic—is
Detailed analysis of Ban Chiang skeletal remains has given us a treasure-trove of information about prehistoric life in the region around Ban Chiang. The most in-depth knowledge to date comes from Michael Pietrusewsky and Michele Toomay Douglas of the University of Hawaii, via their detailed study of 142 skeletons excavated in 1974/75 from Ban Chiang.
The Ban Chiang excavations revealed a society with distinct differences from the “Bronze Age” society most archaeologists expected. Production in a rural non-hierarchical society: When bronze artifacts were first excavated at Ban Chiang in the mid-1970s, the prevalent “Bronze Age” paradigm was that only socially-stratified societies had the capability to make objects with this alloy.
Mark your calendars! Thursday, April 16th there are several sessions relating to east & southeast Asian archaeology: Asian Art Museum Reception for East and Southeast Asian Archaeologists Location: Asian Art Museum (200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA) Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm The Qijia Culture of Northwest China – Entering a New Era of Research Room: Union Square
Mark your calendars! Friday, April 17th, there are several sessions relating to E&SEA archaeology at the SAA meetings: Use-wear, Experimental Archaeology, and Residue Analysis in the People’s Republic of China: A Session in Memory of George H. Odell Room: Imperial Ballroom A Time: 8:00am-11:15am Chair: Geoffrey Cunnar and Qiang Wang Abstract: This symposium is dedicated to
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 18th – there are several sessions relating to east &southeast Asian archaeology at the SAA conference in San Francisco: Get-together for Archaeologists of East and Southeast Asia Room: Union Square 5-6 Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm New Perspectives on the Archaeology of Economics in China Room: Continental Parlor 1 Time: 8:00am-10:45am Chair: James Williams
Here are our recommendations for presentations in east and southeast Asian archaeology at the final day of the SAAs, Sunday April 19th: Environmental Archaeological Approaches in Southeast Asia Room: Union Square 25 Time: 8:00am-11:30am Chair: Hannah Van Vlack and Cyler Conrad Abstract: The aim of this session is to report on recent environmental archaeological approaches to
In only two weeks (April 15-19th) the Society for American Archaeology meetings begin in San Francisco, California. Here at the ISEAA, we are excited to announce and promote several presentations and sessions relating to East and Southeast Asian archaeology during the conference. Stay tuned in the coming days for more updates! In the meantime, here are