Short description

During the last fifteen years, our picture of the Early Iron Age in Cambodia and southern Vietnam an area that was later unified under the Funan polity or Oc Eo culture has been transformed by numerious excavations and discoveries. Today, the cultural roots of Funan are much clearer and more recognizeable than ever before. However, many problems remain and will need to be discussed in the future. In this panel, papers dealing with recent archaeological finds, bio-anthropological data, metal analyses, historical and art historical research and other related fields are welcome to show different aspects of cultural development in the Lower Mekong area, the long-distance relations established during the last millennium BC and the transition to the recorded Funan empire of the first half of the first millennium AD.