SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol. 4 (Number 1-2) 2004

Late Prehistoric and Early Historic Ceramic Chronology for Central Thailand

Sawang Lertrit




Abstract


This paper attempts to build chronology for the prehistoric period and the early historic period of central Thailand. Ceramic assemblages from archaeological sites in the research area were examined using an attribute-based seriation method. The attributes selected for this study are those of surface treatment attributes. A statistical technique (correspondence analysis) was also used to test the validation of the seriation. Findings from this study suggest that surface-treatment attributes are temporally sensitive. The arrangement of the ceramic assemblages responds closely to broad archaeological periods proposed previously by Southeast Asian archaeologists. This study thus contributes to a better understanding of chronological development in the Central Plain of Thailand in general.

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