student profile: Mr James St Julian


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Knowledge development and Knowledge dissemination - an Archaeographical investigation of Angkor and the Khmer Empire

Supervisors: Timothy ALLENDER

Thesis abstract:

Parallel to the historiographical discourse associated with History as a discipline, a discourse of knowledge development and knowledge dissemination has evolved with Archaeology over the past two hundred years. However, sufficient differences between the methods, practices, interpretations and purposes of Archaeology and History warrant the emergence of a separate discourse charting the intellectual and practical development of Archaeology as a discipline: namely Archaeography. This thesis will investigate the Triadic origins of Archaeology in Europe: the Classical Tradition, the Near Eastern Tradition, and the Northern European/Prehistoric tradition. Thence, the research will investigate the development of Archaeology in Southeast Asia as a hybrid discipline. To provide further insights into the evolving nature of knowledge development and knowledge dissemination in the discipline, close attention will then be given to the archaeological research into Angkor and the Khmer Empire over the last 160 years. To further emphasise the process of change within the discipline, the career of Bernard-Philippe Groslier will be considered. Finally, this research will consider the implications that this archaeographical discourse has upon Australians, both in Secondary and Tertiary settings, presently studying Angkor and the Khmer Empire, Southeast Asian Archaeology, and Global Archaeology.

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