Village life
September 20, 2015 2:23 pm

Almost as quickly as we started at Khnar Po, it was time to wrap up excavations for the season. In reality, we were working at the site for a little over 4 weeks but they came and went very quickly. As I mentioned last time, working in a village like Khnar Po was very different... View Article

One site down, one to go
August 30, 2015 4:45 pm

After a couple of months of hard graft, in always hot and occasionally very wet weather, the excavations at Bangkong have drawn to a close with 4 kilns excavated; two joint-excavated by myself and other two by Rachna’s colleagues. As an introduction to kiln archaeology in Cambodia, this APSARA-sponsored field project has been fantastic and... View Article

You never know what you’re going to find
August 2, 2015 2:20 pm

It’s an old saying in archaeology that ‘you never know what you’ll find until you dig it’ and it has certainly held true for Bangkong so far. When we arrived at the site, now nearly two months ago we had no idea how complicated and well preserved parts of the kiln would be. My part... View Article

Still digging
July 6, 2015 11:40 pm

Excavations have been progressing nicely over the last few weeks with the focus still at Bangkong kiln 11 but also the local folks have begun excavating another kiln (BK26) around 100m to the south. In Trench 2 we have been primarily looking at how the kiln was constructed and how its size, shape and capacity... View Article

In to the trenches
June 24, 2015 12:16 am

  After waiting for what seemed like an age, the excavations have finally begun! I have been on site for just over a week now and already the team are making some fantastic discoveries. The whole KPX project is based around the production and exchange networks for ceramics and so it makes sense that the first... View Article

Welcome to the Jungle
June 11, 2015 6:59 pm

This week I took a few days to go and visit the Site of Koh Ker, 120km north east of Siem Reap. Koh Ker is one of the lesser known Khmer temple complexes in part due to its distance from the greater Angkor region and also the area is still heavily forested, something that to... View Article

Visit to the Angkor National Museum
June 3, 2015 1:59 pm

The last few days have been mostly spent going through some of the academic literature appropriate to ceramics studies in Cambodia and having various productive meetings with people to organise fieldwork here. Not exciting stuff to blog about but very necessary. It’s not all been meetings and reading however, and I have taken time to... View Article

Exploring the tourist side of Siem Reap
May 25, 2015 2:56 pm

Been in town a few days now and have spent a bit of time out exploring Siem Reap on foot (thought Good Old Nell could do with a break!) Walking seems to be a bit of an alien concept here. Instead the whole city beats to the sound of mopeds and Tuk-tuks. Where pavements exist... View Article

In to the temple (pictures)
May 22, 2015 1:01 am

In to the temple
May 22, 2015 12:59 am

Second day in Cambodia and I couldn’t wait any longer to go and see Angkor. I asked Good Old Nell to pick me up at 9am and drive me up to the site. The word site really doesn’t do it justice though. The greater Angkor region is a massive archaeological city with hundreds of buildings,... View Article