- PUBLISHED: February 2020
- SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Studies / Southeast Asia, Archaeology, Art History / Asian Art
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 184 Pages, 8.25 x 10.5 in, 208 color illus., 95 b&w illus., 12 maps
- ISBN: 9786162151576
The earliest phase of Thai history is an exciting but little understood period that bridged the gap between protohistory and the fully developed historical period. Ten international scholars examine the inception of the Dvāravatī period in the fifth century with a focus on archaeology and consider the art and architecture of the sixth to tenth centuries. Defining Dvāravatī provides an overview of the art historical characteristics of Dvāravatī style; collates the epigraphic evidence, including previously unpublished texts; considers the importance of trade and religion in cementing relationships between early Southeast Asian societies and as paramount incentives for its expansion and development; and discusses the end of the period.
Authors & Contributors
Anna Bennett trained as an archaeological scientist and conservator. She gained her PhD from University College London and is author of The Ancient History of U Thong, City of Gold. Hunter Watson is a PhD candidate at the National University of Singapore. He holds an MA in Oriental Epigraphy from Silpakorn University.