Short description

During the past fifteen years, new archaeological and environmental evidence has progressively turned up in Southern Sumatra which allows for a better understanding of the protohistoric developments that led to the local formation of the Srivijaya polity, the establishment of its first capital city in Palembang, the period of its demise along the Batang Hari River basin, upriver from Jambi, and other topics. However, Srivijaya, as is well known, encompassed a much larger social space than only Southern Sumatra: parallel developments took place in areas now situated across the borders of three modern Southeast Asian nations, not to speak of solid connections with East and South Asia. In this panel, we will bring together an international group of specialists to assess recently collected archaeological and environmental data (or to offer new interpretations of older data), in an inter-regional, interdisciplinary and comparative perspective.