Experimental kiln built at the EFEO

Kiln firing at the EFEO earlier this month

It’s experimental archaeology at work: the re-creation of an Angkorian style kiln by archaeologists at the Ecole Française d’Extreme Orient in Siem Reap.

Kiln firing at the EFEO earlier this month
Kiln firing at the EFEO earlier this month

Recreating the kilns of Angkor
Phnom Penh Post, 13 December 2014

Archaeologists hope to discover more about Angkorian civilisation by using ancient pottery-making techniques

The Angkorian Khmers were prolific ceramics makers, and the Angkor Archaeological Park is still littered with fragments of ancient pots and bowls that were used in households and temples for storing water, foods, oils and other materials.

Finding pieces of them today is, literally, just a matter of a walk in the park. It’s harder, however, to understand how they were made and determine what they can then tell us about the people who lived there.

Seeking to build on that knowledge, the Ecole Française d’Extreme Orient (EFEO) has designed and built an Angkor-era kiln in the middle of the school’s tropical gardens.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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