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U Thong City Of Gold

Author : Anna Bennett
ISBN : 6167339813
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-A wide-reaching and comprehensive study of U Thong -Extensively illustrated - including dig sites, relics and artifacts -First book on the area in English -The world authority on this area of Thailand, at the forefront of archeological research -Includes ancient gold (six or seven centuries old) artifacts from U Thong National Museum and the National Museum Bangkok -U Thong is being heavily promoted by the Thai Tourism Industry and is likely to become a major destination for cultural travelers over the next year or so U Thong, 100 or so km north of Bangkok, has been an important site for over 2,000 years, as witnessed by the discovery of a 3rd century Roman coin. The moated city was connected to the Chin river, thereby gaining access to international trade routes. The inhabitants of the early centers of Classic Southeast Asian civilization were already wealthy enough to own large quantities of ornate jewelry such as imported beads from India and carved stone from Taiwan. They had so much gold that central and western mainland Southeast Asia including the U Thong area was known in Sanskrit as Suvarnabhumi, the Golden Land. This publication brings a new perspective to the study of ancient gold from U Thong. The author is a trained research metallurgy scientist, and these skills have been brought to bear on the highly significant corpus of early gold artifacts found in and around the moated city, the largest accumulation of such artifacts from any of the ancient muang of Thailand. The goldsmiths were as highly skilled as those anywhere else in the world, but almost all previous studies have been written by people who can only study the outer appearance to draw conclusions regarding its age and place of origin.

Thai Art With Indian Influences

Author : Promsak Jermsawatdi
ISBN : 8170170907
Genre : Art, Buddhist
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The Present Book, Thai Art With Indian Influences, Studies The Subject In Its Different Spheres. As A Major Pioneering Scholar In The Field, Dr. Promsak Jermsawatdi Possesses An Extraordinary Background In Art History, Aesthetics And Asian History And Philosophy. This Fascinating Study Is One Of His Finest Works Which Will Continue To Be Regarded As One Of The Most Significant Contributions To Our Understanding Of Thai And Indian Art For A Long Time To Come. Divided Into Five Chapters, The Book Takes Into Account Material From The Earliest Archaeological Finds Through The Bangkok Period Including The Early Art And Craft Works. Most Of The Study Deals With Thai Art But India And The Peripheries Of South East Asia Are Covered Where They Reflect Indian Influences. The Focus Of This Study Is Upon Architecture, Sculpture And Iconography. However, It Also Encompasses Other Aspects Of Art And Crafts. Background Information On The History And Geography Of The Area Is Also Provided Along With Philosophical Religious And Social Insights That Are Significantly Valuable To Readers In General And Those Of South-East Asia And India In Particular.As A Student Of Ancient History And Art In India, Dr. Promsak Jermsawatdi Was Deeply Sensitive To The Beauty Of Thai And Indian Art Works. As A Result, The Illustrations He Had Selected Are Unusually Pertinent And Fitting, Comprising Some Of The Most Impressive Examples Of Thai Art. Students Of The History Of Oriental Art Could Ask For No Finer Exposition Of The History And Aesthetics Of Thai And Indian Art. The Author S Penetrating Cultural Insights Make It An Indispensable Text For All Who Plan Further Study In The Field. This Is Also A Book Which General Readers Will Read With Great Interest And Pleasure.
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Southeast Asia

Author : Ian Glover
ISBN : 041529777X
Genre : History
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This comprehensive and absorbing book traces the cultural history of Southeast Asia from prehistoric (especially Neolithic, Bronze-Iron age) times through to the major Hindu and Buddhist civilizations, to around AD 1300. Southeast Asia has recently attracted archaeological attention as the locus for the first recorded sea crossings; as the region of origin for the Austronesian population dispersal across the Pacific from Neolithic times; as an arena for the development of archaeologically-rich Neolithic, and metal using communities, especially in Thailand and Vietnam, and as the backdrop for several unique and strikingly monumental Indic civilizations, such as the Khmer civilization centred around Angkor. Southeast Asia is invaluable to anyone interested in the full history of the region.
Category: History

Miscellaneous Articles

Author : Prince Damrongrāchānuphāp (son of Mongkut, King of Siam)
ISBN : UOM:39015041380828
Genre : Thailand
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Includes: The foundation of Ayuthia, Historical scetch of Lophburi, Preface to O. Frankfurter's Translation "Events in Ayuddhya from Chulasakaraj 686-966", The story of records of Siamese history, Siamese history prior to the founding of Ayuddhya, The golden pavilion at Wat Sai, Ankor from a Siamese point of view, The introduction of Western culture in Siam, Wat Benchamabopit and its collection of images of the Buddha.
Category: Thailand

Ancient Southeast Asia

Author : John Norman Miksic
ISBN : 9781317279044
Genre : Social Science
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Ancient Southeast Asia provides readers with a much needed synthesis of the latest discoveries and research in the archaeology of the region, presenting the evolution of complex societies in Southeast Asia from the protohistoric period, beginning around 500BC, to the arrival of British and Dutch colonists in 1600. Well-illustrated throughout, this comprehensive account explores the factors which established Southeast Asia as an area of unique cultural fusion. Miksic and Goh explore how the local population exploited the abundant resources available, developing maritime transport routes which resulted in economic and cultural wealth, including some of the most elaborate art styles and monumental complexes ever constructed. The book’s broad geographical and temporal coverage, including a chapter on the natural environment, provides readers with the context needed to understand this staggeringly diverse region. It utilizes French, Dutch, Chinese, Malay-Indonesian and Burmese sources and synthesizes interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives and data from archaeology, history and art history. Offering key opportunities for comparative research with other centres of early socio-economic complexity, Ancient Southeast Asia establishes the area’s importance in world history.
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History Of Humanity From The Seventh Century B C To The Seventh Century A D

Author : Sigfried J. de Laet
ISBN : 9789231028120
Genre : Civilization
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The period covered is marked by several turning-points, such as the spread of iron technology, the introduction of innovative irrigation systems and the development of new forms of urbanization. In China, India and the Mediterranean, in Central America and in parts of South America, the so-called 'Classical cultures' rose. For the first time, science attempted to develop independently of myth and religion, as a new method to explain nature and human destiny. But this period also witnessed the rise of universal religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and, in the seventh century, Islam.
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Thailand A Travel Survival Kit

Author : Joe Cummings
ISBN : 0908086520
Genre : Travel
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Fifth, updated edition of a travel guide first published in 1982 which covers remote hill-tribe villages to ancient cities and magnificent temples. Includes information on trekking, boat trips, national parks and shopping, as well as advice on accommodation, where to eat, etiquette, transport, visa and health requirements. Also contains useful phrases, 121 maps and an index.
Category: Travel