Accepted paper:

Consumption and distribution of ceramics after Angkor

Author:

Yuni Sato (Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties)

Paper short abstract:

This paper will focus on the consumption of ceramics and the ceramic trade network between Cambodia and overseas after Angkor period. By considering the unearthed ceramics found from royal capital Longvek-Udong area, reconstruct the some aspects of society and trade network after Angkor.

Paper long abstract:

The purpose of this paper is to reconstruct the consumption of ceramics and the ceramic trade between Cambodia and overseas after Angkor period to Colonial period. This study has two perspectives: one is the study on the domestic and internal society and the other is the study about the international trade network after Angkor period.

Based on the result of the 10-years archaeological research project by Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Japan and Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Cambodia, investigate the consumption and distribution of ceramics in the royal capital Longvek-Udong area especially Wat Beng Khnar and Ponhea Leu.

Wat Beng Khnar is the modern Theravada Buddhist Temple where the ritual deposit was excavated from underneath of the main vihara. The artifacts from the ritual deposit includes nearly 100 ceramics in complete shape with other artifacts: bronze, silver, iron, glass and more than 1500 bronze coins. The ceramics are mainly Chinese and Japanese wares. Ponhea Leu is said to be the site of foreign settlement during post-Angkor period. The unearthed ceramics from Ponhea Leu show the wide variety of imported ceramics: Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European wares.

By analyzing the assemblage of these artifacts, I will mention the consumption and distribution of ceramics in the royal capital area after Angkor period. Finally, this paper approaches the ceramic trade network by Cambodia and overseas.

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