The Origins of the Bronze Age of Southeast Asia

  title={The Origins of the Bronze Age of Southeast Asia},
  author={Charles Higham and Thomas F.G. Higham and Roberto Ciarla and Katerina Douka and Amphan Kijngam and Fiorella Rispoli},
  journal={Journal of World Prehistory},
White and Hamilton (J World Prehist 22: 357–97, 2009) have proposed a model for the origin of the Southeast Asian Bronze Age founded on seven AMS radiocarbon determinations from the Northeast Thai site of Ban Chiang, which would date the initial Bronze Age there to about 2000 BC. Since this date is too early for the derivation of a bronze industry from the documented exchange that linked Southeast Asia with Chinese states during the 2nd millennium BC, they have identified the Seima-Turbino 3rd… 
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  • C. Higham
  • History
    Cambridge Archaeological Journal
  • 2011
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