This book, designed as a companion volume to BAR S2844, Hill of Prosperity: Excavations at Khok Charoen, Thailand (2017), provides a complete, structured, fully illustrated catalogue of the more than 400 pots excavated at the prehistoric Khok Charoen site in Northern Thailand in the late 1960s, together with line drawings of more than 150 decorated individual sherds from the same site. All illustrations are to a common scale. The book is also designed not only to trace the development of pottery styles at the site over time, but also to allow comparison with ceramic finds from other such sites elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
Helmut Loofs-Wissowa† was educated in Germany (matriculation), France (Diplôme) and Switzerland (PhD). He taught in the Asian Studies Faculty of the Australian National University for 31 years before retiring. After retirement from Government Service, John Crocker (the editor and compiler of this volume) studied at the Australian National University, earning a Bachelor’s degree and MPhil in Asian Studies.
‘A useful reference document that will have value long into the future for comparative analyses as new assemblages are studied. … Due to the importance of Khok Charoen in the history of Thai archaeology, this is also a useful “historical document” itself.’ Dr Nigel Chang, James Cook University, Australia
‘For archaeologists, it is very helpful to have a visual sense of the range of variation of ceramic types, and this has been missing for Khok Charoen and central Thailand generally. [The drawings in t]his volume will go a long way to filling in that gap.’ Dr Joyce White, Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology, Philadelphia