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Sarah Klassen

Dr. S.E. Klassen

Dr Sarah Klassen is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoc researcher at the Department of Archaeological Sciences of the Faculty of Archaeology.

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Office days

Tuesday and Thursday


My current research project builds on new evidence suggesting that Angkor was the central node in a complex urban network spreading across mainland Southeast Asia. In recent years, imagery from two lidar missions organized by the Cambodia Archaeological Lidar Initiative (CALI), the Khmer Archaeology Lidar Consortium (KALC), and the Greater Angkor Project (GAP) were used to map seven previously concealed and undocumented dense urban landscapes surrounded by much lower density peripheries.

The revelation of these urban areas suggests that a complex web of agricultural and occupation spaces linking more densely inhabited urban nuclei may have been a ubiquitous, defining feature of Khmer landscapes. This new discovery gives rise to the following questions: How did Angkor interact with these provincial settlement complexes? Further, how did the settlement system impact regional resilience? 

Curriculum vitae

2021 – 2022 Leiden University
European Research Council (ERC) Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

2021 – P. University of British Columbia
Honorary Research Associate

2019 – P. University of Oregon
Courtesy Research Associate

2018 – P. Phoenix Community College
Adjunct Instructor

2019 - 2020 University of British Columbia
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow

2019 Arizona State University
Visiting Researcher

2018 Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University
Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies

2011- 2018 Arizona State University
Ph.D. in Anthropology (Archaeology)
Dissertation: “Adaptive Capacity of the Water Management Systems of Two Medieval Khmer Cities, Angkor and Koh Kor.”

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • Archaeological Sciences
  • Digital Archaeology

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden


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