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The moated Mu'ang of the Mun River basin

Moore, Elizabeth H.; (1986) The moated Mu'ang of the Mun River basin. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

The Mun River basin is located on the southern part of the Khorat Plateau in Northeast Thailand. The moated mutang of the title are a distinct group of ancient habitation mounds which are encircled by moats. These ancient settlements are described, analyzed and classified. The main data source for the work has been the Williams-Hunt Collection of aerial photographs of mainland Southeast Asia, an archive of 5000+ World War II RAf iMages. The creation of the Williams-Hunt Collection was the work of the author, who geographically located each photograph, and then devised a computer database which makes the archive a useable research tool (Appendix I is the Inventory of the Williams-Hunt Collection). from the 1600+ photographs of Thailand, those covering the Mun River basin were examined for examples of the moated mounds. These archaeological sites are very visible on aerial photographs in the form of positive vegetation marks. A sample of 91 moated sites was obtained by geographically locating each moated site which was noted. further information on each of these moated sites (and an additional 115 rectangular shaped sites) was gathered using a framework of twenty-seven attributes, the aerial I photographs, and 1 :100,000 and 1 :50,000 scale topographic 1, soil, and land capability maps. These attributes were grouped under five headings: (1) location data (2) site form (3) reference and comments. (4) topography (5) sites and their surroundings Each page of the Guide to Archaeological sites (Appendix II) 'presents one of the 91 moated or 115 rectangular sites within an area bounded by 14.30-15.30n x 101.45-104.30e. The distribution and development of the moated site Slip 11 is then. analyzed topographically and spatially, using the attribute information. The sites are classified, and the nature of the moated mu'ang described.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: The moated Mu'ang of the Mun River basin
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by EThOS.
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1572438
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