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Research into Cambodia’s past has concentrated on the extensive remains of the city of Angkor, the Khmer capital between the 9th to 15th centuries. Moving beyond the temporal and spatial limits of Angkor, this panel presents recent investigations at provincial Khmer centres addressing such topics as the uniformity of settlement and replication of the hydraulic city model, the role of resource control, production and distribution, and interaction with ethnic groups at the edge of Khmer territories. Interdisciplinary and comparative studies of history, material culture and landscape offer new insights into the development, rise and collapse of both individual provincial centres and the Khmer Empire. Ultimately, the study of regional Cambodia provides important models that will assist in unravelling the material and temporal palimpsest of Angkor.