Humans Through Time and Space > Environment and Society

Dr Martin Polkinghorne, Associate Professor Amy Roberts, Catherine Bland, Associate Professor Rachel Popelka-Filcoff
Professor Peter Grave (UNE), Pariwat Thammapreechakorn (Director of Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum, Bangkok) and Dr John Bennett (ANSTO)
This study aims to analyse (via NAA) stoneware sherds from the production complexes Sisatchanalai and Sukhothai (Northern Thailand), from the 15th to 17th centuries. NAA data will be used to determine whether compositional differences can be identified and if so to consider issues including: 1) Differences/Similarities in the utilisation of raw materials between the production complexes; and 2) Changes in manufacturing processes over time. The identification of such compositional differences/similarities will allow us to contribute to theories concerning the relationship between production complexes as well as the impact of external influences (e.g., Vietnamese pottery) on manufacturing process in Northern Thailand.

Selected publication:

Polkinghorne, M., C.A. Morton, A.L. Roberts, R.S Popelka-Filcoff, Y. Sato, V. Voeun, P. Thammapreechakorn, A. Stopic, P. Grave, D. Hein and L. Vitou (2019). Consumption and exchange in Early Modern Cambodia: NAA of brown-glaze stoneware from Longvek, 15th - 17th centuries. PLoS One, 14(5).
Current major grants:
ANSTO Award No. 10306
ANSTO Award No. 11268