Archaeological Institute of America Annual Lecture by Alison Kyra Carter ’01.
Angkor, centered in the modern nation of Cambodia, was one of the largest preindustrial settlements in the world and has been the focus of more than a century of epigraphic, art historical, and architectural research. However, few scholars have examined the lives of the people who built the temples, kept the shrines running, produced the food, and managed the water.
This presentation will discuss two recent excavations that examined Angkorian residential occupation. First, I will discuss excavations on a house mound within the enclosure of the state temple of Angkor Wat. Then I will discuss our 2018 excavations on occupation mounds near the small provincial temple of Prasat Basaet, across the Tonle Sap lake from the Angkorian capital in the province of Battambang.
Through this multidisciplinary research we aim to better understand the nature and timing of occupation at these sites, the types of activities taking place within an Angkorian household, and compare life in the capital with life in the provinces.