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Ban Chiang, Northeast Thailand, Volume 2B
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Ban Chiang, Northeast Thailand, Volume 2B
Metals and Related Evidence from Ban Chiang, Ban Tong, Ban Phak Top, and Don Klang

Edited by Joyce C. White and Elizabeth G. Hamilton

296 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | 22 color, 135 b/w illus.
Cloth 2019 | ISBN 9781931707787 | $79.95s | Outside the Americas £64.00
Ebook editions are available from selected online vendors
Distributed for the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

"[T]he soon-to-be four-part publication provides detailed documentation and multifaceted analysis of the evidence for metal production at the sites of Ban Chiang, Ban Tong, Ban Phak Top, and Don Klang, as well as some suggestions on the regional context. Many of the series’ chapters, however, go far beyond what is needed to introduce the material or the analytical results, reviewing theories, suggesting new approaches and different points of view, and discussing principles and issues of archaeological research on technology more broadly. The volumes are thus of interest to a broader readership beyond scholars working in Southeast Asia or on early metallurgy in particular."—Current Anthropology

"[T]his work should be required reading for students of archaeometallurgy generally. It is exceptionally well written and accessible to those new to the field, as evidenced by the lengthy and useful glossary. The chapters on geomorphology and the required steps of metalworking, dating, metallurgical analysis, technical analysis, and regional analysis strike this nonspecialist reader as exemplary and well worthy of study. This work should prove of great value for instruction."—Advances in Archaeomaterials

"The volumes are necessary reading by anyone with an interest in Southeast Asian metallurgy...[T]he volumes provide not only a detailed report of an important set of data from one of Southeast Asia's most significant sites, but also a synthetic review of what is known about prehistoric metalworking and use in the region."—Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

The foundation of archaeometallurgy is the study of excavated assemblages of metals and related remains. This volume presents in detail how the metals and such remains as crucibles excavated from four sites in northeast Thailand have been studied to understand the place of metal objects and technology in the ancient past of this region.

In addition to typological examination, hundreds of technical analyses reveal the technological capabilities, preferences, and styles of metal artifact manufacturers in this part of Thailand. Detailed examination of contexts of recovery of metal remains employing a "life history" approach indicates that metal objects in those societies were used primarily in daily life and, only occasionally, as grave goods. The most surprising find is that casting of copper-base artifacts to final form took place at all these village sites during the metal age period, indicating a decentralized final production stage that may prove to be unusual for metal age societies. These insights are made possible by applying the methods and theories introduced in the first volume of the suite of volumes that study the metal remains from Ban Chiang in regional contest.

Thai Archaeology Monograph Series, 2B
University Museum Monograph, 150

Joyce C. White is the Executive Director of the Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology (ISEAA).

Elizabeth G. Hamilton is the archaeometallurgist and data manager for the Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology (ISEAA).

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