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In this panel, we aim to explore different types of evidence of political, commercial and cultural contact between three important (clusters of) polities of the ancient Southeast Asian mainland and archipelago: those of Campa, of Cambodia, of Sumatra and of Java. Major questions are the denotation(s) of the toponym java/yavadvipa in mainland Southeast Asian, Sumatran and Javanese epigraphy and the chronology and nature of international relations. The renewed confrontation of epigraphical evidence from the various pertinent corpora with art historical and archaeological evidence, as well as other sources, will, we hope, allow for significant progress in our understanding of ancient trade networks and political relations.