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Early Thailand

From Prehistory to Sukhothai

By (author) Rochanee Thosarat
By (author) Charles Higham


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  • An outstanding study of early civilisation in Thailand by one of the world's pre-eminent scholars
  • Clear chronology, equally accessible to first time visitors to the region as well as those with previous knowledge and scholars
Full Description

Dramatic new archaeological discoveries over the past ten years demand a new look at Thailand’s past. Drawing on his previous work, Prehistoric Thailand, this book with over 40% new material, covers the history of the kingdom from the first human settlement to the earliest civilisation and gives a fresh appraisal of early hunters and gatherers, and of the rice farmers. A new chronology reveals the dynamic social changes of the Bronze Age, and the rapid rise of early states that followed. The outstanding art of the Bronze Age, as seen in painted ceramic vessels a thousand years earlier than those of Ban Chiang, is portrayed as is the wealth of Iron Age chiefs who contributed so much to the foundation of the Kingdoms of Angkor and Dvaravati. In the far south, we find early cities founded along the Southern Silk Road, bringing exotic ideas and goods through seaborne trade. Above all, the authors present the rich cultural heritage of the Thai people.

About the Author

Charles Higham (born 1939) is a British archaeologist most noted for his work in Southeast Asia. Among his noted contributions to archaeology are his work (including several documentaries) about the Angkor civilisation in Cambodia and his current work at Ban Non Wat. He is a professor at the University of Otega, Dunedin, New Zealand.

River Books
16th Jul 2012
Paperback / softback
World excluding Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
234 mm x 172 mm
268 Pages
500 color
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