I just received funding to attend the IPPA conference! The conference will be held in Siem Reap from January 12-18th. Once finished at the conference, I will nip over to Thailand to visit the project site and continue with some sediment ananlysis at a local university. I will be presenting in the non-destructive portion of the geoarchaeology session. I’ll be presenting:
The invisible moats of the Mun River Valley mound sites: the examination of site formation through GPR.
The Mun River valley is well known for its mounded moat-bound sites usually associated with Iron Age occupation. The investigation of these sites has provided a wealth of information on the changing social and environmental conditions during prehistory. In recent years, research has identified a greater range of sites in the region, many of which, importantly, do not have moats surrounding them. This paper seeks to investigate if in fact some of these ‘non-moated’ sites are harbouring now invisible moats and if this can be investigated through non-destructive Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) methodology. Evidence from the site of Non Klang, in Ban Nong Hua Raet (NHR), will be presented. NHR has been chosen due to its close proximity to moated sites such as Ban Non Wat and Noen U-Loke. Initial excavations have been undertaken at NHR and radiocarbon dates confirm that it was occupied during the Iron Age (when moats were being established at Ban Non Wat and Noen U-Loke). The following seeks to answer some fundamental questions: Do invisible moats exist? Can they be made visible? How will this affect our view of the broader prehistoric landscape in the Mun River Valley, as well as our understanding of specific site formation processes in the past?
Learn more about the conference here