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The Excavation of Khok Phanom Di: A Prehistoric Site in Central Thailand. Volume VII: Summary and Conclusions (review)

The Excavation of Khok Phanom Di: A Prehistoric Site in Central Thailand. Volume VII: Summary and... book reviews bers of an evolving elite enhance their social status by displaying rare artifacts; trade causes one village to prosper at the expense of others. Modern theory-driven interpreters of prehistory have created a uniformly austere past dominated by forces like adaptation and class conflict in which altruism is simply greed's mask. While Nelson's anthropological approach shows she is keenly aware of the role these forces play in the long view, happily in Jade Dragon we are o¤ered an antidote to such bleak and cynical versions of the human story: the optimistic notion that friendly, mutual relationships would also have been a part of cultural-historical change. And that interethnic communication can at times be a source of curiosity and wonder, rather than xenophobia that slides inevitably to war. The Excavation of Khok Phanom Di: A Prehistoric Site in Central Thailand. Volume VII: Summary and Conclusions. C.F.W. Higham and R. Thosarat, with contributions by B.F.J. Manly and R. A. Bentley. London: Society of Antiquaries, 2004. (Distributed by Oxbow Books.) ¨ ´ Reviewed by Anna Kallen, Museum of National Antiquities, Stockholm The long-awaited seventh and last report volume from the Khok Phanom Di excavations in 1984 and 1985 was recently http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Perspectives University of Hawai'I Press

The Excavation of Khok Phanom Di: A Prehistoric Site in Central Thailand. Volume VII: Summary and Conclusions (review)

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

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book reviews bers of an evolving elite enhance their social status by displaying rare artifacts; trade causes one village to prosper at the expense of others. Modern theory-driven interpreters of prehistory have created a uniformly austere past dominated by forces like adaptation and class conflict in which altruism is simply greed's mask. While Nelson's anthropological approach shows she is keenly aware of the role these forces play in the long view, happily in Jade Dragon we are o¤ered an antidote to such bleak and cynical versions of the human story: the optimistic notion that friendly, mutual relationships would also have been a part of cultural-historical change. And that interethnic communication can at times be a source of curiosity and wonder, rather than xenophobia that slides inevitably to war. The Excavation of Khok Phanom Di: A Prehistoric Site in Central Thailand. Volume VII: Summary and Conclusions. C.F.W. Higham and R. Thosarat, with contributions by B.F.J. Manly and R. A. Bentley. London: Society of Antiquaries, 2004. (Distributed by Oxbow Books.) ¨ ´ Reviewed by Anna Kallen, Museum of National Antiquities, Stockholm The long-awaited seventh and last report volume from the Khok Phanom Di excavations in 1984 and 1985 was recently

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Published: Mar 27, 2006

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