Life goes on: Archaeobotanical investigations of diet and ritual at Angkor Thom, Cambodia (14th–15th centuries CE)

Cristina Castillo, Martin Polkinghorne, Brice Vincent, Tan Boun Suy, Dorian Fuller

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    Abstract

    This is the first time an archaeobotanical analysis based on macroremains, both charred and desiccated, from Cambodia is reported. The archaeobotanical samples are rich and provide evidence of rice processing, consumption of non-indigenous pulses, and the use of economic crops. The evidence is supported by data from inscriptions, texts and historical ethnography. This study demonstrates that the city of Angkor in the 14th and 15th centuries CE, despite its decline, was still occupied. Angkor’s inhabitants continued their everyday lives cultivating and consuming their staple food, rice, with a suite of pulses, and also used the harvests in the performance of rituals.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)930-944
    Number of pages15
    JournalThe Holocene
    Volume28
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2018

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