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From a colleague, Professor Miriam Stark:


Dear Colleagues,

We are working to make our East and Southeast Asian archaeological publications more accessible to colleagues in regions that lack subscriptions to electronic journals. To that end, the University of Hawai’i Press has worked with us to make digital files available of all available Asian Perspectives articles from 1957 to 2008.

Please access individual journal issues at this URL (be sure to click on the issue to open up the list of articles):

We are also developing an open-access source for early 20th century western scholarship on the art and archaeology of Southeast Asia, and have begun with sources on Indochina. The currently available resources trend heavily toward Aymonier, Marchal, Lunet de la Jonquiere, and Parmentier, but we intend to expand the list in the next 18 months to include many other publications whose copyright has now expired:

Back issues of Asian Perspectives available online

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Thanks to funding by the University of Hawai’i Press, articles from Asian Perspectives, one of the leading journals in Asian and the Pacific archaeology will be available online and ready for download at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Scholarspace. You will be able to search and download articles published from 1955 right up to 2008.

Asian Perspectives is the leading peer-reviewed archaeological journal devoted to the prehistory of Asia and the Pacific region. In addition to archaeology, it features articles and book reviews on ethnoarchaeology, palaeoanthropology, physical anthropology, and ethnography of interest and use to the prehistorian. International specialists contribute regional reports summarizing current research and fieldwork, and present topical reports of significant sites. Occasional special issues focus on single topics.

Read articles from Asian Perspectives here.

The Gold Coast: Suvannabhumi? Lower Myanmar Walled Sites of the First Millennium A.D.

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Spring 2007 (Asian Perspectives) – This year’s first edition of the journal Asian Perspectives has a paper on Burmese archaeology, focusing on three walled and moated sites. Asian Perspectives is a subscription-based journal; the abstract is featured in this post.

The Gold Coast: Suvannabhumi? Lower Myanmar Walled Sites of the First Millennium A.D.
Elizabeth Moore, San Win

The high rainfall of the Lower Myanmar coast is balanced by the aridity of the country’s inland plains. The article profiles three sites in a laterite-rich area located in the northern part of the Lower Myanmar peninsula. The walls and moats of these sites underline their role in water management, one where control of water was the decisive catalyst. The sites of Kyaikkatha, Kelasa, and Winka illustrate how slight changes in topography signal critical junctures, the points where walls and moats were constructed. As a result, up to seven walls flank the higher edges of these sites; these protected the interior by diverting excess water to lower areas. Using large finger-marked bricks and terra-cotta artifacts such as votive tablets, plaques, and architectural elements, a broad chronology of c. the sixth to ninth centuries A.D. is proposed, although a majority of the pieces dated to the seventh century A.D. Attention is also drawn to evidence of Lower Myanmar prehistoric habitation in lowland areas close to the coast, where natural and man-made changes continue to alter the ecology and affect archaeological interpretation. The survey is used to encourage comparative studies, drawing in environmentally diverse but culturally related areas of South and Southeast Asia.

Related Books:
Uncovering Southeast Asia’s Past: Selected Papers from the 10th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists by E. A. Bacus, I. Glover and V. C. Pigott (Eds)