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Early Burmese Urbanization: Research and Conservation

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Title:Early Burmese Urbanization: Research and Conservation
Authors:Miksic, John N.
cultural resource management
archaeological survey
LC Subject Headings:Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Date Issued:2001
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Citation:Miksic, J. N. 2001. Early Burmese Urbanization: Research and Conservation. Asian Perspectives 40 (1): 88-107.
Series:Volume 40
Number 1
Abstract:Urbanization in Southeast Asia is sometimes assumed to have been synonymous with the development of orthogenetic structures such as religious centers under external influence. An alternative hypothesis proposes that social structures stimulated by local cultural and environmental conditions and regional historical events emerged in several parts of Southeast Asia, marked by evolution rather than stasis. One of the major stumbling blocks in the path toward a new theory is a lack of appropriate archaeological data with which to test this hypothesis. A thorough research program is therefore needed to refine and implement a methodology for gathering data on a wide range of characteristics from several sites. Myanmar affords one of the best laboratories for such a program. Restoration projects have seriously affected both structures and distributions of artifacts such as pottery before they were thoroughly studied. Previous research in Thailand and Java can provide models on which planners of a project to investigate ancient urbanization in Myanmar can draw. Sustainable heritage tourism can contribute positively to both archaeological research and public education. KEYWORDS: urbanization, cultural resource management, archaeological survey, Pagan, Majapahit.
ISSN:1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
0066-8435 (Print)
Appears in Collections: Asian Perspectives, 2001 - Volume 40, Number 1 (Spring)

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