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Title: The fluvial cultural landscape of Angkor
Author: Vadillo, Veronica Walker
ISNI:       0000 0004 7234 1111
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2016
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The development of the medieval city of Angkor (802-1431 CE) in the floodplains of the Tonle Sap Lake has lead researchers to believe that Angkor made use of its extensive river network; however, little attention has been given to Angkor's relationship with its watery environment. Previous studies have presented a fragmentary view of the subject by analyzing different components in a compartmentalized way, placing the focus on nautical technology or neglecting discussion on water transport in academic works on land transport. This work aims to provide a more comprehensive study on Angkor's specific cognitive and functional traits that could be construed as a distinctive form of fluvial and cultural landscape. This is done by examining the environment, nautical technology, and the cultural biography of boats within the theoretical framework of the maritime cultural landscape and using a cross-disciplinary approach that integrates data from archaeology, iconography, history, ethnography, and environmental studies. A new topological map of Angkor's landscape of communication and transport is presented, as well as new insights on the use of boats as liminal agents for economic and political activities.
Supervisor: Gosden, Chris ; Miksic, John ; Robinson, Damian ; Hulin, Linda Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Maritime archaeology ; River networks ; fluvial landscape ; Angkor ; maritime cultural landscape ; Cambodian archaeology ; Nautical technoloy