This session will explore novel and contemporary approaches to interpreting the archaeological record of Southeast Asia, with emphasis on the analyses and interpretation of environmental and material culture remains.
This session will explore novel and contemporary approaches to interpreting the archaeological record of Southeast Asia. These approaches can range from the analyses of space and time at various scales, to the identification of foodways, or the quotidian use of material culture. Rather than focus on SEA Archaeology's usual inquiries into origins, migrations, transitions, and exchange, it pays special attention to exploring the remains of lived life in the archaeological record. This session will also accept papers that explore how our findings are relevant to the communities we work with and contemporary decision making. These papers can be any of the following themes: the habitus or chaîne opératoire of crafts, foodways, and lifeways; the exploration of identity or ethnogenesis via environmental and material culture remains; relational approaches to interpreting objects and micro- or macro-landscapes; archaeologically visible solutions to sustainability and resilience in unpredictable environments; and archaeology as a conduit between the past and the future. Note: There will be an introduction at the beginning.