Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Alison Kyra Carter

Affiliation: University of Oregon

Alison Carter is Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Oregon. Sheholds her degrees from the University of Wisconsion, Madison (M.S. and Ph.D.) and Oberlin College. Profssor Carter is an anthropological archaeologist with interests in the political economy and evolution of complex societies in Southeast Asia, the archaeology of East and South Asia, materials analysis and LA‐ICP­‐MS (Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry), craft technology and specialization, household archaeology, ritual and religion, trade and exchange, and bead studies.

Abstracts:


Angkor, centered in the modern nation of Cambodia, was one of the largest preindustrial settlements in the world and has been the focus of more than a century of epigraphic, art historical, and architectural research.  However, few scholars have examined the lives of the people who built the temples, kept the shrines running, produced the food, and managed the water.  This presentation will focus on my recent work with the Greater Angkor Project examining Angkorian habitation areas and specifically the excavation of a house mound within the Angkor Wat temple enclosure. Through this multidisciplinary research, we aim to better understand the nature and timing of occupation within the Angkor Wat temple enclosure and the types of activities taking place within an Angkorian household.

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

I wrote about our 2015-fieldwork season for the Khmer Times (an English-language newspaper in Cambodia), which can be read here.

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