South East Asia

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South East Asia is the location of one of the great cultural traditions of humanity, epitomised by the medieval Khmer civilisation, Borobudur, Bali, Dong Son drums, Therevada Buddhism and Ban Chiang ceramics. Understanding the division between Mainland and Island SE Asia, and the complex patchwork of communities that inhabit SE Asia requires an understanding of its deep past. The region is also one of the key places where we can study human adaptation to tropical forest environments, in particular because the largest low-density city of the agrarian world was located at Angkor in Cambodia. A major issue in SE Asia is the formation, operation and sustainability of urban societies, the states which carry them and the trade networks in which they are embedded.