- 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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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?
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
2019 - 2020 University of British Columbia
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow
2019 Arizona State University
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.”