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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Who Built Angkor Wat?: The Role of the Kuy in Cambodian History

The Kuy are an Indigenous population located in Northern provinces of Cambodia and live in environments very rich in natural resources. There is evidence that suggest the Kuy built Angkor Wat during the A.D. 9th-15th centuries; therefore a historical approach must taken to this question by understanding the changing relationships between and the Kuy and Khmer peoples throughout time. By analyzing and interpreting the archaeological and ethnographic research that has been conducted on the Kuy and Angkor Wat, connections may be made to establish the relationship of Kuy and Khmer peoples from past to present. This topic is significant because the present population of Kuy peoples have experienced much trauma due to the Khmer Rouge, U.S bombings, and ongoing land grabbing that very few Kuy are aware of/ know their cultural history.

Presenter: Stefanie D'Erasmo (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Anthropology
Location: 125 Hartwell
Time: 9:40 am (Session I)
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