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Graduate Students Aldo Foe and Kendall Hills Publish Article in Asian Archaeology

UIC Anthropology PhD students Aldo Foe and Kendall Hills have co-authored an article in Asian Archaeology titled "Land suitability modeling and monumentality in Southeast Asia: case studies from Indonesia and Cambodia."


In Southeast Asia, the landscape approach through multi-sited regional analyses has generally been viewed as incompatible with studies of monumental architecture. A focus on style and iconography, combined with difficulties in collecting spatially dispersed and large amounts of architectural data, have traditionally resulted in the two approaches becoming separate lines of inquiry in Southeast Asian archaeological research. In other study areas, regional analysis has been effectively used to answer anthropological questions regarding religious, political, and economic change. We explore the relationship between changes in religious practice and the political economy in Early Modern Period Indonesia and Medieval Cambodia through agricultural suitability modeling. This approach allows for the integration of architectural analysis into broader regional-landscape studies to explore issues of statecraft.