Assessing Resilience of Past Societies to Climatic Change

October 3, 2009
The Case of Angkor's 15th Century Collapse and Reorganization

Featuring

Dan Penny
ARC Research Fellow
University of Sydney

Dan Penny is currently investigating the demise of Angkor, Cambodia, using micro-palaeontological techniques (pollen and spores from higher plants and ferns respectively, and algae, particularly diatoms). Angkor was capital to a sprawling medieval empire that encompassed much of the Indochinese peninsula between the 9th and sometime after the 15th C AD. His research will seek to explore the timing of and reasons for Angkor's decline and eventual collapse.