From the Bronze Age to the Iron Age in Thailand: Applying the Heterarchical Approach

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2000
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O'Reilly, Dougald J.W.
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University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
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The archaeological evidence of social groups in Thailand has long been noted for not conforming to the standard paradigms of social organization. This paper investigates the concept of heterarchy before turning to consider current conceptions of the Bronze and Iron Ages in Thailand. New evidence from a recently excavated site, Ban Lum Khao, is considered and evaluated in the context of the eXlstmg knowledge of the period. The current understanding of the Iron Age is also evaluated and enhanced through the incorporation of data from two sites in northeast Thailand, Non Muang Kao and Noen V-Loke. The paper concludes that the data from prehistoric Thailand are better interpreted from a heterarchical perspective. The possible causative factors of stratified social organization are considered from a heterarchical perspective, examining ceramic production, mortuary practice, demography, and environment. KEYWORDS: Heterarchy, archaeology, Thailand, Bronze Age, Iron Age, hierarchy.
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Heterarchy, archaeology, Thailand, Bronze Age, Iron Age, hierarchy
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O'Reilly, D. J. W. 2000. From the Bronze Age to the Iron Age in Thailand: Applying the Heterarchical Approach. Asian Perspectives 39 (1-2): 1-19.
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