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Southeast Asian Archaeology: Wilhelm G. Solheim II Festschrift (review)

Southeast Asian Archaeology: Wilhelm G. Solheim II Festschrift (review) asian perspectives 45(1) spring 2006 session, Jacques Gaucher's article on ``New Archaeological Data on the Urban Space of the Capital City of Angkor Thom'' ( pp. 233­242) describes some results of his survey, begun in 2000, of the entire 3 Â 3 km area of Angkor Thom. Much of the southern half of the site is now nothing but forest. Thus the survey involved cutting alleys 4 m wide, 1500 m long, and 200 m apart, through each of the four quadrants of the site. The survey identified a total of 62 ``hollow structures'' divided into ``open'' and ``punctual'' types that form an overall grid pattern. Gaucher infers that these correspond to a system of streets, canals, dams, and drains. Excavations to search for habitation remains in this area may yield important results. Eric Bourdonneau contributes new data on the canal system of the Mekong Delta, augmenting the work of Malleret, whose 1959 map is found to be inaccurate--more of a sketch than a map. One important discovery is that the density of canals is probably much higher than Malleret suggested. Since according to Bourdonneau the Vietnamese began to populate this part of the delta only in the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Perspectives University of Hawai'I Press

Southeast Asian Archaeology: Wilhelm G. Solheim II Festschrift (review)

Asian Perspectives , Volume 45 (1) – Mar 27, 2006

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asian perspectives 45(1) spring 2006 session, Jacques Gaucher's article on ``New Archaeological Data on the Urban Space of the Capital City of Angkor Thom'' ( pp. 233­242) describes some results of his survey, begun in 2000, of the entire 3 Â 3 km area of Angkor Thom. Much of the southern half of the site is now nothing but forest. Thus the survey involved cutting alleys 4 m wide, 1500 m long, and 200 m apart, through each of the four quadrants of the site. The survey identified a total of 62 ``hollow structures'' divided into ``open'' and ``punctual'' types that form an overall grid pattern. Gaucher infers that these correspond to a system of streets, canals, dams, and drains. Excavations to search for habitation remains in this area may yield important results. Eric Bourdonneau contributes new data on the canal system of the Mekong Delta, augmenting the work of Malleret, whose 1959 map is found to be inaccurate--more of a sketch than a map. One important discovery is that the density of canals is probably much higher than Malleret suggested. Since according to Bourdonneau the Vietnamese began to populate this part of the delta only in the

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Published: Mar 27, 2006

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