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Alison Carter

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PhD, University of Wisconsin Madison - 2013

Research Interests

I am an anthropological archaeologist with an interest in the political economy and evolution of complex societies in Southeast Asia. I am currently Principal Investigator and Co-Director of P'teah Cambodia (ProjecT Excavating Ancient Households), a project investigating Pre-Angkorian, Angkorian, and Post-Angkorian residential spaces in Battambang Province. Other research interests include the archaeology of East and South Asia, materials analysis and LA‐ICP­‐MS, craft technology and specialization, ritual and religion, trade and exchange, and bead studies. 


Selected Publications


In Press

Carter, Alison K., Piphal Heng, Miriam Stark, and Rachna Chhay. “Urbanism and residential patterning at Angkor.” Accepted to Journal of Field Archaeology, expected publication in December 2018.


Carter, Alison K., Barbara Campbell Cole, Quentin Lemasson, and Willemijn van Noord. “Tracing the trade of heirloom beads across zomia: A preliminary analysis of beads from the upland regions of northeast India and mainland Southeast Asia" in The Archaeology of Portable Art: Southeast Asian, Pacific, and Australian Perspectives, edited by Michelle C. Langley, Mirani Litster, Duncan Wright, and Sally K. May, pp. 49-67. Routledge, London.


Carter, Alison K., Laure Dussubieux, Martin Polkinghorne, Christophe Pottier. “Glass at Angkor: Evidence for exchange.” Accepted and published early online with Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.

Carter, Alison K. and Nam C. Kim. “Globalization at the Dawn of History: The emergence of global cultures in the Mekong and Red River Deltas” in The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization edited by Tamar Hodos, pp. 730-750.


Carter, Alison K. “The Production and Consumption of Stone and Glass Beads in Southeast Asia from 500 BCE to the early second millennium CE: An assessment of the work of Peter Francis in light of recent research.” Archaeological Research in Asia, 6: 16-29.

Carter, Alison K. and Laure Dussubieux. “Geologic Provenience Analysis of Agate and Carnelian Beads Using Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS).” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 6: 321-331.

Carter, Alison K., Laure Dussubieux, and Nancy Beavan. “Glass beads from 15- 17th century CE jar burial sites in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains.” Archaeometry 58 (3): 401-412. 


Stark, Miriam, Damian Evans, Chhay Rachna, Heng Piphal, and Alison K. Carter. “Residential patterning at Angkor Wat.” Antiquity 89: 1439-1455.

Carter, Alison K. “Beads, exchange networks, and emerging complexity: A case study from Cambodia and Thailand (500 BCE – CE 500).” Cambridge Archaeological Journal 25 (4): 733-757.



Current Doctoral Students:  Tiyas Bhattacharyya

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